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Date:      Wed, 28 Nov 2012 10:49:44 -0700 (MST)
From:      Warren Block <wblock@wonkity.com>
To:        mike miskulin <birdfund@yahoo.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: i386 vs amd64
Message-ID:  <alpine.BSF.2.00.1211281045570.66068@wonkity.com>
In-Reply-To: <20121128123623.4A29.AA011270@yahoo.com>
References:  <20121128123623.4A29.AA011270@yahoo.com>

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On Wed, 28 Nov 2012, mike miskulin wrote:

> About to build a replacement system for an older i386 setup.   A few
> years ago I had tried the amd64 port on it and found it was frustrating
> as things that just worked on i386 did not on amd64. IIRC ports were
> large annoyance too.
>
> Now I have a new system with 8GB, etc,etc and wonder if I am best off to
> stick with i386 and PAE or is the amd64 version finally on a par or
> close enough that I would not likely have many issues like in the past?
>
> Thanks for your thoughts/(recent) experiences.

Do you use emulators/wine?  If not, switch to amd64.  In fact, even if 
you do, switch to amd64 to use that 8G of memory.  Building 32-bit Wine 
on amd64 is a hassle, but packages are available and I think there is a 
64-bit port on the way.



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