I am thinking of getting a dual Intel Xeon machine, each CPU is a quad core. Will Ubuntu utilize both processors, especially with both being quad core, optimally? Wanting to do Video editing and processing, but the Xeon machine's clock speed is actually slower than my current computer, so if both procs are not being used, I will actually end up with a slower machine than I already have. I am not too familiar with dual processor machines. Thanks in advance for any answers.
Yes, Ubuntu is more than capable of using the Xeon PC you want to buy and detect all CPUs (Physical and Threads). It can also detect, as far as I have tested 4 sockets (4 CPUs) but the kernel version that Ubuntu uses can detect even more. For this case I would suggest the 64 Bit version so you can max out on the performance benefit of all CPUs. Of course, this will also depend on the video editing tools you use. If they are not compatible with running multiple processors, then you will not see much improvement. I for one use for example Handbrake which takes advantage of multiple processors but at the end it all depends on:
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