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Why does Ubuntu Download recommend 32-bit install?

I'm using an Asus K43E laptop with: - Intel Core i3 Sandy Bridge 2.1GHz - 2GB DDR3 - Onboard graphics

On the Ubuntu download page, the 32bit version is marked as "recommended", but the community documentation page suggests otherwise:

Unless you have specific reasons to choose 32-bit, we recommend 64-bit to utilise the full capacity of your hardware.

I use my laptop mostly for Eclipse, apart from regular office applications, then does it make any difference when choosing between 32bit and 64bit?

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marked as duplicate by Takkat, fossfreedom Apr 2 '12 at 8:49

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Eric Carvalho May 13 '13 at 13:00

Yes, its better. I am using 64 bit as well. Not much visual difference but yeah since your hardware supports try 64 bit - No harm for sure :)

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