[Gllug] Dual core 32 bit ... or should I go 64bit?

M.Blackmore mblackmore at oxlug.org
Wed Jul 5 21:57:52 UTC 2006

On Wed, 2006-07-05 at 20:32 +0100, Richard Jones wrote:

> For a new computer, go for 64 bit every time.

Trouble is for a personal budget machine for someone who is out of work
due to long term disability (autoimmune illness of rheumatic form) the
300 odd quid more that would cost puts it beyond budget possibilities
(preschool family to feed and fund activities for) to She Who Must Be

For a desktop mobo replacement, not a doubt I'd go 64. But do I need 64
bit for a laptop if 90% of what it does is web browsing, email (lots)?

Or will I find freedom from the desk in the small bedroom shared with
both of us for a study such a boon that limitations on digi video
editing, GIS stuff for environmental organisations locally etc. so
overwhelmingly A Good Thing that I will regret the dual core 32 bit next

And, anyway, haven't there been problems with 64 bit OS'? Or does a 64
bit chip run 32 bit stuff seamlessly?
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