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Re: I would like Just a bit of advice about Fc8?



On Fri, 2007-11-09 at 10:14 -0700, Craig White wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-11-09 at 09:08 -0800, Rick Stevens wrote:
> > On Fri, 2007-11-09 at 10:59 -0500, William Case wrote:
> > > Hi all;
> > > 
> > > I should know but I haven't gotten it clear in my mind.  I am going to
> > > download Fc8 in the next couple of days and I am not sure whether to go
> > > for i386 or x86_64?
> > > 
> > > I have an AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual-Core processor on a ASUS M2NPV-VM
> > > motherboard on a desktop with a small household LAN .  I am not heavy
> > > user of data bases etc.  I am mainly a SOHO type user, with ordinary one
> > > person requirements.  I.e. OpenOffice, Firefox etc.
> > > 
> > > Previously I have been told (maybe here, maybe somewhere else) that I
> > > will get better usage as i386 until the applications for x86_64 are in
> > > better shape.  I have been watching the to-and-fro-ing regarding i386
> > > and x86_64 on this list regarding Fc7 over the last few months.
> > > 
> > > So, I am just looking for a bit of advice about which would be the most
> > > appropriate for me, and people like me, to install; Fc8_i386 or Fc8_x64?
> > 
> > Unless you need the memory or extra horsepower that a 64-bit gives you
> > (and it sounds like you really don't), then I'd stick with the 32-bit
> > version.  Most of the 64-bit applications are up to snuff, but there's
> > some third-party stuff that's not there yet (e.g. a 64-bit FLASH plugin
> > for Firefox).
> ----
> I've been getting by with nsplugin-wrapper package on F7-x86_64 with my
> users and no one has been complaining (that allows 32 bit plugins such
> as flash and acrobat-plugin to work).

Yes, I'm aware of it.  It has been problematic at times for me (some
plugins badly misbehave under it on some hardware platforms).  None the
less, it's a stopgap measure, it doesn't always work and I can't
recommend it unless you understand what problems may come along with its
use.

On the other hand, Adobe's had MORE than adequate time to put a 64-bit
plugin out there.  We've had 64-bit Linux for how long now?  Two years
at least.  C'mon, gang!  Fire up the compilers and let's go!

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