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Difference between 32bit and 64 bit?

I have a laptop with intel core i3 processor and 4 gigs of ram and intel r graphics. should I do a 32 or 64 bit install of 11.10, because right now I have 32 bit and it's a little slow, but Im not too sure about 64 bit ubuntu.

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related question - > askubuntu.com/questions/7034/… –  hhlp Oct 28 '11 at 20:16
    
See also askubuntu.com/questions/1441/… –  belacqua Oct 28 '11 at 20:38
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marked as duplicate by enzotib, belacqua, fossfreedom, hhlp, Luis Alvarado Oct 28 '11 at 20:43

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Some people report that 64-bit Ubuntu is a little faster, but that might be a subjective thing, depending on what programs you use. I found that the 64-bit version was possibly a little faster on mine (also 4GB of RAM and an Intel dual core CPU), but I never actually timed things so I can't really say for certain, although it did feel faster. It's been extremely stable for me, too, but if the 32-bit has been stable for you, then that might not be relevant.

However, your system has the hardware for the 64-bit Ubuntu, and there don't appear to be any limitations (such as programs that won't run on it), so give it a shot. Of course, you can always install it next to what you have and compare, which would allow you to get your own feel for how it works.

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