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What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit and which should I choose?

I just got myself a macbook pro with a quad core processor. Apart from OSX Lion I would like to have Ubuntu on it as dual boot. I wondered if you could recommend me which Linux version I could choose, or either 32 or 64 bits? On the other hand, does anybody know if it's possible to pair the Music/Videos/Downloads folder from both OS? Thanks a lot for your help.


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marked as duplicate by Jjed, Christopher Kyle Horton, Mitch, RobotHumans, Tom Brossman Sep 3 '12 at 21:47

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

Hello, you should only ask one question per question. As for their solutions, look at the following links: Difference between 32-bit and 64-bit, Syncing folders with Ubuntu One, Installing Ubuntu on Macbook Pro – Jjed Sep 3 '12 at 19:08

Since Macbook pro has 4 GB of memory,it would be best to go with the 64bit version.

Of course you can dual boot both operating systems.You can take a look at this OMG Ubuntu! article.

Ubuntu is a very straight-forward linux distro even for a rookie and you may see similar characteristics with Mac OSX.Alternatively,you can try Pingy OS which is based on Ubuntu and aims to be more user friendly.

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