Am thinking of upgrading to a new laptop (64 bit) and would like to install Ubuntu 12.04 or newer. Are they compatible?

  • Ubuntu has been compatible with 64 bit since a bunch of versions ago. You need to include what hardware you have but I have installed Ubuntu in several laptops that are 64 bit compatible with no problems. – Luis Alvarado Oct 2 '12 at 16:54
  • I thought for sure this was a duplicate when I first read it. +1, good question but I can't believe nobody asked it yet... – Tom Brossman Oct 2 '12 at 19:44

Yes, it is possible to install either the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu on a 64-bit computer. Ubuntu has been released with both options since the very beginning (e.g. warty warthog from november 2004).

The version with an i386 in the name is the 32-bit version and the one with amd64 is the one for 64-bit computers. Don't let the "i" or "amd" confuse you, it's the numbers that matter.

Also take a look at Ubuntu Certified hardware and the user-feedback at the Ubuntu Friendly pages.

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    why would you include a link to an unsupported and very old version of Ubuntu? just curious to what your thought process was... – TheXed Oct 2 '12 at 19:31
  • @Joshua I think they are linking to the earliest version with 64-bit support? – Tom Brossman Oct 2 '12 at 19:41
  • @TomBrossman maybe... – TheXed Oct 2 '12 at 19:43
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    @Joshua I was trying to show proof of my previous statement, which is more obvious after Tom Brossman (thankfully) cleaned up my mess. I did not really think that one through. – sre Oct 4 '12 at 7:23

Yes all you have to do is go to www.ubuntu.com, select the 64 bit version, download, burn, and install as you normally would.

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Here is the direct link for Ubuntu 12.04.

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