On Lu, 05 iul 10, 15:40:04, Jim McCloskey wrote:
> I recently acquired a new Dell Studio 15 laptop and mean to install
> Debian (squeeze) on it. I'm trying to decide whether to do a 64-bit
> install (amd64) or a 32-bit install (i386). My understanding is that
> the amd64 port is now very complete, and that the principal difficulty
> would probably be with flashplayer (since Adobe withdrew the 64-bit
> version of flashplayer 10 for linux).
Skype is another annoyance with similar workarounds...
> There seem to be various workarounds for this issue, but I was
> wondering if the performance gain that one might expect from the
> 64-bit architecture over the 32-bit architecture would be worth the
> extra trouble entailed by these workarounds. The machine has a 1.6GHz
> Intel Quad Core processor and 6GB of RAM. The GPU is an ATI Mobility
> Radeon (HD 5470) with 1GB of onboard memory.
One of the workarounds seems to work fine for my brother's laptop.
I'm trying to get along without flash, at least until there is a native
Besides the GPU problems mentioned by Ron, don't forget the performance
penalty of PAE, which is necessary to take advantage of your 6 GiB RAM.
IMVHO PAE is a hack and I would avoid it, at least by using a 64bit
If you plan to switch "later" to amd64 also consider this will require a
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