What you should (and shouldn't) expect from 64-bit Linux?

Update: Many issues mentioned in linked articles are no longer true. This post was originally written way back in 2006.

Nathan Willis has some good information on this topic.

From the article:

So you just bought and assembled a brand-new AMD64 workstation. The only decision that remains is whether to install a 64-bit Linux distribution, or stick with comfortable, tried-and-true IA-32. If you are seeking an easy answer to that question, I can’t help you. Running 64-bit Linux has its pros and cons. Unfortunately, a lot of the cons are out of your hands — but they’re not really Linux’s fault, either.

For starters, you should know that there are essentially no proprietary applications for a 64-bit Linux desktop. Google, Adobe, iD, Skype, and the rest of the independent software vendors (ISV) who release Linux binaries of their apps by and large do so solely for 32-bit Intel architecture only.

Read more at Linux.com…


🐧 Get the latest tutorials on Linux, Open Source & DevOps via RSS feed or Weekly email newsletter.

🐧 3 comments so far... add one


CategoryList of Unix and Linux commands
Disk space analyzersdf ncdu pydf
File Managementcat cp mkdir tree
FirewallAlpine Awall CentOS 8 OpenSUSE RHEL 8 Ubuntu 16.04 Ubuntu 18.04 Ubuntu 20.04
Network UtilitiesNetHogs dig host ip nmap
OpenVPNCentOS 7 CentOS 8 Debian 10 Debian 8/9 Ubuntu 18.04 Ubuntu 20.04
Package Managerapk apt
Processes Managementbg chroot cron disown fg jobs killall kill pidof pstree pwdx time
Searchinggrep whereis which
User Informationgroups id lastcomm last lid/libuser-lid logname members users whoami who w
WireGuard VPNAlpine CentOS 8 Debian 10 Firewall Ubuntu 20.04
3 comments… add one
  • Winter Apr 1, 2008 @ 3:09

    This article is so old. I really don’t think you should put out such misleading info. I have 64bit version of Kubuntu running with Flash. Yes, it’s pure 64bit, but it works OOTB. I didn’t have to muck around or compile anything to get it to work.

    Get sorted.

  • monsterb Apr 1, 2008 @ 7:27

    This article is from Sept 2006. Very outdated. I’m running Debian AMD64 version and I have no problems running Flash, Skype, VMWare, VirtualBox, and Etc. Linux 64 bit has come a long ways since 2006.

  • 🐧 nixCraft Apr 1, 2008 @ 8:02

    Yes this post and linked articles are outdated. The post has been updated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Use HTML <pre>...</pre> for code samples. Still have questions? Post it on our forum