Half a loaf is better than a whole pan — 5 Comments

  1. There was a thread recently on the ILUG mailing list (Irish Linux Users’ Group) about 32 vs 64 bit installations.
    I don’t think there was any real concensus, but my own opinion is that 32 bit tends to have better hardware compatibility, and 64 bit tends to be very slightly faster.
    I prefer the hardware compatibility, myself.
    As for the gnome/kde thing – yes, I use Gnome myself, because KDE 4 is cack (in my humble opinion). I was a huge fan of 3.5.6, then they threw that whole system away and rebuilt it with gimmicks.
    For the distribution, I always recommend Fedora, with the DangerMouse project installed to take care of little irritants like missing MP3 codecs, Flash, Air, and other proprietary techs.
    I have a few copies of Mint here, but never got around to using it. I tend to stick with what I know (RedHat, Centos, and Fedora – all one happy family)

  2. There isn’t much point in having an ultra fast system if it doesn’t work!  Frankly, I haven’t noticed any difference in performance after the switch.

    Many years ago I played around with Red Hat but my favourite at the time was Mandrake, which I see has morphed into Mandriva, for some reason.  Leastwise, I have forgotten everything I ever learned about Linux so I now class myself as a complete beginner.

  3. they renamed to Mandriva because of trademark infringement – “Mandrake” was too close to “Mandrake The Magician”. It didn’t help that their logo at the time was a top hat and wand.
    they’ve been recently forked again, because most of the developers left and took the code with them to create Mageia. The fun and games of being Open Source!

  4. Glad the 32 bit version of Mint is working for you. Just curious here but does the 32 bit version of Linux Mint (9) see all your memory or just 3 GBs? The reason I ask is that Ubuntu Lucid (32 bit), which LM9 is based upon, is supposed to detect when memory is over 3 GBs and load up the PAE version of the Linux Kernel which can map more than 3 GBs of memory when using a 32 bit OS.
    All the above gobbledygook basically means is that when you bring up the system monitor, does it show all your installed memory?

  5. An excellent point, Kirk.  I meant top check that but in the hassle of reinstalling everything, of course I forgot.

    I checked, and it was seeing only 3Gb so there seems to be a bit of a problem.  I installed  the linux-generic-pae module and now it is seeing the full 4Gb.

    Thanks for the heads-up!  🙂

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