Feb 6, 2011

5 Reasons to use 32bit Linux with ARES and Bricscad

ARES and Bricscad are the 2 dwg-based Autocad-like programs that are available for Linux. Both are available for 32bit OS. It is easy to install a 32bit application on 64bit Linux but I believe that using a 32bit OS is better.
Some reasons are:

  • Easier installation. When you try to install 32bit applications on 64bit Linux systems you may have to install manually some 32bit libraries and/or to use command line. Nothing difficult but annoying especially for newcomers.
  • Commercial support: When you buy an application like ARES or Bricscad you also buy support. While Graebert and Bricsys support only 32bit versions of Linux distros, you are strongly recommended to use 32bit OS because you avoid possible bugs that exist on  64bit platform.
  • Performance: If you believe that using a 64bit OS will gives you extra speed you are wrong. This happens only if your applications have been written for 64bit usage. In the case of ARES and Bricscad this doesn't happen.
  • You have more than 4GB RAM? Don't worry! 32bit Linux can handle up to 64 GB of RAM. Simply install PAE kernel. This will happen automatically if you try to install 32bit Ubuntu 10.04/10.10 and you have a working Internet connection and your computer has more than 3.5 GB of RAM..
  • Availability of common used applications like Flash, Google Earth, and some proprietary hardware drivers is better on 32bit Linux.

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