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Must I 64bit for my ubuntu dual boot?

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I obv have a 64 bit cpu, but not sure I want to get the 64 bit ubuntu for my dual boot. 32 will run fine right?

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Yes it'll run fine, just like windows will.
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Right on, thanks man. Are there really any noticeable differences with 64?
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Not entirely sure, linux doesn't have the whole "can only address 4GB" of memory on it's 32-bit variations. I presume 64-bit may be like 0.0005% faster.
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There isn't a reason not to get 64 bit Ubuntu. And yes it will run certain programs better and it will be able to run programs that 32 bit can't.
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Originally Posted by eureka View Post
Not entirely sure, linux doesn't have the whole "can only address 4GB" of memory on it's 32-bit variations. I presume 64-bit may be like 0.0005% faster.
Are you sure about that? I thought it was a limitation of the 32 bit architecture, not the OS itself.

But yes, you can install either one. I usually go for 64 bit whenever I can, just me though.
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Only reason I was considering it was an older program that wouldn't run on 64. IDK, might end up 64 bit anyway.
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You absolutely should NOT get 32-bit Linux unless your processor can't do 64-bit.
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post #9 of 22
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Yeah... I just remember some very handy program not working on 64 bit, but ah well. Thanks. I'm hoping to get my dual boot up this weekend.
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post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by stanrc View Post
Are you sure about that? I thought it was a limitation of the 32 bit architecture, not the OS itself.
Pre SP1 XP can address more than 4GB, Windows Server 2003 can too, I think.

It's not a 32-bit limitation.
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