[ardour-users] 32 v 64 bit

Paul Davis paul at linuxaudiosystems.com
Thu Nov 16 15:28:06 PST 2006

On Fri, 2006-11-17 at 08:58 +0930, Michael Hall wrote:
> I'm planning to build a (half-) decent Linux DAW which among other 
> things will be used for recording.
> I've got a few years Linux networking and web development experience, 
> but almost no Linux audio experience. To date, I have not installed a 64 
> bit Linux operating system either.
> My first question is: do I need to consider the 32 bit versus 64 bit 
> operating system question when it comes to using CCRMA software and 
> Ardour, and doing Linux audio in general? Any pros, cons, or it doesn't 
> matter?

64 bit works fine, but :

	a) no CCRMA support for x86_64
	b) no VST plugins, ever
	c) no video playback of anything except theora and a few others

i use 64 bit but i have several other 32 bit machines to fill in the
gaps. for an easy life, i'd recommend 32 bit. performance might be
slightly reduced but convenience will increase notably.

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