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Re: 32 or 64 bit kernel for Duo T8400 processor ? Can apps be 32 bit for 64 bit kernel ?

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On 09/28/2008 12:54 PM, linuxguy wrote:
| My new laptop has an Intel Duo T8400 processor.  Should I install the 32
| or 64 bit distro ?   I run a lot of esoteric open source apps.   Can I
| run a 32 bit application if I install the 64 bit distro ?
Other have answered about Firefox. I'm running 64-bit Fedora 9 with a quad-core AMD Opteron with no problems. 32-bit apps work well, especially on Fedora where you have the 32-bit libraries installed in addition to the 64-bit libraries. I also have a 64-bit laptop that has been running a 64-bit Linux OS for about 5 years with no problems. Memory management under 64-bits is better than it is in a 32-bit OS.

A few years ago, I did perform some benchmarks and found that 32-bit apps generally are faster with a 64-bit OS.

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