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  • How to install tar.gz program?

  • @linuxmint7

    Nope, no real difference, unless you have more than 6GB of RAM and your OS and software are 64bit optimised.

    What OS are you talking about? Because running 64-Bit Linux starts making sense from around the 892MB mark or better, despite what you may have heard previously. Here is a quote from Linus Torvalds:

    <blockquote>And for the kernel, the bigger virtual address space really is a huge deal. HIGHMEM accesses really are very slow. You don't see that in user space, but I really have seen 25% performance differences between non-highmem builds and CONFIG_HIGHMEM4G enabled for things that try to put a lot of data in highmem (and the 64G one is even more expensive). And that was just with 2GB of RAM.</blockquote>

    In another thread, a different kernel contributor, Hans Peter Anvin, clarifies the RAM limit when compiling without HIGHMEM.

    <blockquote>That cutoff is ~892 MB for a stock 32-bit kernel.</blockquote>

    In the same thread he goes on to specifically suggest using a 64 bit kernel on anything with more than 1GB of RAM.

    <blockquote>Since 32 bits means that any machine with 1 GB more means HIGHMEM, the number of non-embedded machines that should run 32-bit kernels today is functionally the null set. </blockquote>

    In summary, you should switch to 64-bit specifically to <em>improve</em> the performance of your 1GB machine, at least on Linux.

  • What OS are you talking about?

    Microsoft Windows.

  • OK, well I don't know much about Windows these days, so free to ignore me if you like. 😉 Though I would still be very surprised if you need 6Gb before you should consider 64-Bit Windows.

  • Well through experience, 4GB is usable in 64bit Windows, but 6GB is a much better experience.

    I have had the displeasure (when repairing a customers machine) of using a 64bit version of Windows 7 with 2GB of RAM. Not a good experience in the slightest, took ages to boot to the desktop, as long again to load most programs, and was so slow in general, timing it via a calendar would be more fitting than a stopwatch.

    Linux on the other hand, I do find it much more efficient in low memory situations, and a much better experience overall, Which is pretty much one of the main reasons I use it as my main operating system. One of the other main reasons I use it, is the fact that it can be installed on an external drive, SD card, memory stick etc, which is how I use it most of the time. Oh, and it also stays out of the way and lets you get on and get things done. Unlike Windows.

  • How to install tar.gz program?

    Never mind, I tried to install OpenOffice and gdebi acussed the file of not secure.

  • I have had the displeasure (when repairing a customers machine) of using a 64bit version of Windows 7 with 2GB of RAM. Not a good experience in the slightest, took ages to boot to the desktop, as long again to load most programs, and was so slow in general, timing it via a calendar would be more fitting than a stopwatch.

    Windows 8.1 64-bit runs just fine on 2 GB, even though this value is in the "system requirements" Microsoft lists for the 64-bit version, it only uses about 800~900 MB by itself.
    I'd blame the start-up time and slowness when loading on third-party applications starting with the system, or something else, or other hardware component. Anyway, I think we should take the latest version to discuss properly, Windows 8 introduced Fast Boot and they made it lighter so that more tablet-like PCs could handle it well I'm sure talking about Windows 7 is not a good idea anymore.

    The Windows 8.x 32-bit version system requirements says 1 GB, but it's a really bad idea to have any PC on 1 GB... It doesn't run well compared to the 64-bit version on 2 GB... I'd rather make this cheap RAM upgrade and go with the 64-bit version if the rest of the system isn't ancient also.

  • Have you got any upgrades?

    Last quarter I have finally put up with the times and built a PC. :'D

    i3 4150
    4 GB Corsair Vegeance RAM
    XFX Radeon R9 280

    I can game again! 😂

  • Now I came back to the original system (Windows 7 Home Premium), I will be able to get Windows 10!

  • Currently posting from my Android phone... also have a Fedora system... can get into specifics if you'd like...

  • Now I have a new notebook.

    SAMSUNG ATIVBOOK
    Intel core i5 with Intel HD Grafics 4000 (I guess)
    8 GB of RAM
    Windows 8.1

  • which version of ubuntu should I use? LTS or latest one?

  • I recommend the latest one; 15.04

  • Why? I am just asking because I was getting some errors in my USB installation.

  • Several packages that you can install with apt-get are more up to date, for example blender. There are also repositories that aren't included in 14.04, for example you can only in 15.04 install ffmpeg by default. 15.04 use systemd when booting, which is faster and more modern. Unity has several small improvements, you also have an "open in terminal" option in Nautilus (the file manager), which will open a terminal and cd to the directory you are in in Nautilus (very smart).

  • ...for example you can only in 15.04 install ffmpeg by default...

    I have to add a ppa to install that.

    i got your points but I will stick to LTS.

  • Even though old, its still works good.

    Lenovo Z570
    Mine is i7 2670QM, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM. Windows 8.1 Professional x64.
    15.6" screen with resolution 1366*768
    NVIDIA 540M GPU

    Will be testing Windows 10 technical preview soon

  • I have to add a ppa to install that.
    i got your points but I will stick to LTS.

    Yeah, 14.04 is a stable and good choice, but I prefer the latest 🙂