Should I choose 32 or 64 bit for Linux?
I have a three-years-old Dell box with an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU and maximum 4GB RAM. I want to install Linux on the system but am unsure whether to use a 32-bit or 64-bit base.
I have a feeling that 32-bit is the way to go because 64-bit will consume more memory since 64-bit address pointers are double the size of 32-bit address pointers.
My main aim is applications should run as fast as possible. I usually have several dozens applications running at the same time.
What's your take on this from your experience?