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Should 32-bit be Retired?

Apr 10, 2009, 15:03 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy LaCroix)

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"Let's face it, a distribution dropping 32-bit support is not all that hard to believe if you think hard about it. When 64-bit processors were introduced, computers didn't typically ship enough memory to where 32-bit would be a problem. Now days however, computers with 4GB of RAM or more are not all that hard to find. In fact, the industry is shifting to sell computers with more and more memory, and it seems as if the amount of RAM included by default is growing very rapidly. In fact, my laptop, which I purchased late last year, came with 4GB of RAM, and due to the address space limitation of 32-bit, it shipped with a 64-bit operating system. (Otherwise the OS would probably only see 3.5GB due to the said limitation)."

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