Linux 64bit?

is there a 64bit desktop version suitable for the Pentium D?

geek_gbbrot, Jul 28, 10:02 pm

All the major distros come in a 64-bit flavour. The question is if you have a reason too, such as accessing more than 4GB or running a specific application that is advantageous to run in 64-bit.
There is a lot of debate over what's better, I'm inclined to follow http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/lfs/view/stable/prologue/arc
hitecture.html
where the 64-bit build is 4% faster and 9% larger. Not much in it.
I still run with 32-bit distros because I like to compile and run 32-bit applications such as WINE. You can run 32-bit stuff in a 64-bit distro, but end up with both 32-bit and 64-bit double-ups of libraries and the like.
Basically, a pain in the ass if there is no advantage to it in the first place.

geek_cybertao, Jul 28, 10:19 pm

I have never found any difference between the two, and that goes for win32 and win64 aswell.

geek_flewy, Jul 28, 10:20 pm

less compatibility and more driver hell!

geek_becka2, Jul 28, 10:30 pm

im sorry but i notice the difference in arch64 it seems to handle a lot more that you throw at it compared to the i686 version.

geek_seriouslycgi, Jul 28, 10:31 pm

There sure is op.

geek_johnf_456, Jul 28, 10:42 pm

never had any issue to that.

geek_flewy, Jul 28, 10:47 pm

It's a hangover from the early releases of 64-bit Windows. Hardware manufacturers weren't exactly keen to write 64-bit drivers for their old products, and weren't going to pay for WHQL if they did.

geek_cybertao, Jul 28, 11:07 pm