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    Which do I need? 32bit or 64bit

    I have a laptop with an Intel Pentium M 725 processor.

    I want to install CentOS Linux but do no know whether I need to 32bit or 64bit distro - How do I know which one I need?

    Thanks

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    32bit

    The Pentium M is not a 64bit processor.
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    thanks!

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    I just noticed - these are the two options:

    i386
    x86_64

    Which one would I use?

    thanks,

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    32 bit is what is used mostly for all computers, most programs and applications are designed to work ONLY with 33 bit processors.

    64 bit can be found on new motherboards / CPU's and offer faster speeds, but most programs and applications you want to use probably won't work as they need a special version to work. So I wouldn't get into this for a few years till more companies start making programs for this.

    Most new mobos support 64 bit CPU's, as well as 32 bit, so you can choose yourself.

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    I have started to download the i386 version - Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomer View Post
    64 bit can be found on new motherboards / CPU's and offer faster speeds, but most programs and applications you want to use probably won't work as they need a special version to work.
    This is certainly true of device drivers - you must have specific 64-bit drivers. However, regular user software that is written for 32 bit should be able to run under a 64 bit operating system, and I know this is true for x64 editions of Windows XP and Vista. The biggest challenge would be finding 64 bit device drivers, especially for existing hardware/peripherals.
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