Ubuntu 32-bit or 64-bit?

By mcmurphy12 ยท 8 replies
Jan 27, 2011
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  1. Hi everyone. I am currently thinking about doing a dual boot with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I am not sure whether to go with the 32-bit or 64-bit version, though. I run the 64-bit version of Windows, so does that mean I should install the 64-bit version of Ubuntu?
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    no; Linux distributions run nicely with 32bit
  3. mcmurphy12

    mcmurphy12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 82

    I installed the 32-bit and everything is running smooth. Thanks, Jo.
  4. 64 bit is the way to go these days, a lot of the old problems have been ironed out. Though it still loosely depends on how much RAM you've got. If you're only running on a about 1GB then it's probably not worth it.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    Windows NEEDS 64bit, but other systems run just fine on 32bit when they are lean-n-mean.
    Linux runs well in 32bit :wave:
  6. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I'm very pro-64-bit. I've had too many issues resulting from PAE and the OP appears to have 8 GB of RAM.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    that's just fine, but wanted to make the point that while Windows should now state a 64bit requirement (imo), there is none such for Linux. Issues like PAE are usually distribution specific.
  8. mcmurphy12

    mcmurphy12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 82

    I do have 8 GB of RAM in my current setup, but I am just going to stick with the 32-bit for know. Windows will still be my primary OS, so I am not really worried about top performance for Ubuntu. Thanks everybody.
  9. StreamRecorder

    StreamRecorder TS Rookie

    I used Ubuntu x32, but was happy to install x64. Didn't have any x64 specific problems with it yet

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