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32-bit processors can access 4GB of RAM maximum without PAE (physical address extension). With PAE, it can access 64GB of RAM.


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Short answer: YES. The limit of 32bit is exactly 4Gb. In case of Ubuntu even a bigger amount of ram can be used with 32bit if you are running a so-called 'PAE' kernel. The installer is smart enough to choose for you the best kernel based on the ram amount.


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You don't need to add the architecture to install the Skype package itself, but you do need it to install all the dependencies. Also note that you don't need GDebi - the Software Centre is perfectly capable of handling deb files.


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Your notebook has 1GB RAM according to Google, not enough RAM to install a 64-bit operating system. Because of the limited amount of RAM Ubuntu will lag on this laptop. If you want to improve your laptop's performance, you have a choice of installing either Xubuntu 32-bit, which is comparable to Windows Vista in look and feel or Lubuntu 32-bit, which is ...


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You note that all of the space aside from your Win8 installation is in a single form. Is that form "unallocated space"? In that case you can choose that space as the space used by the Ubuntu installation. To do that, follow this link and go to step 4: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/install-ubuntu-desktop The second part of your question is that ...



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