[Melbourne-pm] [OT] Seeking the 64-bit linux that's right for me

Sisyphus sisyphus1 at optusnet.com.au
Tue Nov 6 17:56:52 PST 2012

Thanks for the feedback, guys.

I don't have to make any decisions just yet - but Ubuntu Desktop is sounding 
good at the moment.

I'm definitely wanting to up the RAM to at least 3GB (as was recommended to 
me in an off-list post) .... more, if feasible. I'll make enquiries to the 
shop about that.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Toby Corkindale" <toby.corkindale at strategicdata.com.au>
To: <melbourne-pm at pm.org>
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: [Melbourne-pm] [OT] Seeking the 64-bit linux that's right for 

> On 07/11/12 01:26, Shlomi Fish wrote:
>> Hi Rob,
>> On Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:18:39 +1100
>> "Sisyphus" <sisyphus1 at optusnet.com.au> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I use mainly MS Windows - not that I understand that OS all that well, 
>>> but I
>>> probably understand it better than I understand the linux systems.
>>> I have an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4600+ 2.40 GHz processor,
>>> with 1.00 GB of RAM, and a (new) 465 GB hard drive.
>>> It's currently running (more like "walking") Windows Vista64, but now 
>>> that
>>> I've got hold of a new Windows 7 (x64) box, I'd like to stick a 64-bit 
>>> linux
>>> distro on this older box.
>> I would recommend something like Mageia - https://www.mageia.org/en/ . 
>> Its
>> advantage is that while it has an x86-64 version, you can still install 
>> some
>> 32-bit i586 packages from the package manager, which are sometimes needed 
>> by
>> games, proprietary packages such as Skype, etc.
> At least on Ubuntu (and I gather recent Debians) I've never had any 
> trouble with 32 and 64 bit stuff co-existing -- they have this multiarch 
> thing going on.
> That said, I have hardly ever had to use it in recent years -- it seems 
> like everything comes in 64-bit versions now. (including Skype, the 
> package you mentioned as an example of requiring 32bit support. not true!)
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