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[opensuse] Have 4G, any reason to use x86_64 over i386?
  • From: Linda Walsh <suse@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 15:33:42 -0800
  • Message-id: <45B7ECD6.2020503@xxxxxxxxx>
I have an Intel cpu / 64-bit extensions on a machine with 4G of
memory.
Just want some confirmation (or not)...it seems like i386 would
currently be my best choice: all memory is accessible, no program I am running needs >2G addr space, 32-bit programs execute faster and
will likely be smaller than the equivalent 64-bit programs (and
libraries).

As long as I have under 4G mem (and my apps need <2-3G), I see only
"downsides" to moving to the x86-64 version. Am I missing
something or is this pretty much the "consensus view" (assuming
there is one :-)).

Thanks,
Linda

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