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  Author  Subject: 64 bit dual core cpu

Posted on 02-18-2007 09:27 p.m. ET  reply

I have on order (it's in the mail) an upgrade to an AMD Athlon 64 4200+ cpu and MB. I am running Fedora Core 6 on my current system. Which distribution of Fedora do I need with this processor? Does it require, or will I benefit from the 64 bit (x86-64) version of Fedora, or will the 32 bit X386 version do as well. It seems that any version supports the dual core, but I'm not sure about the 64 bit architecture. Your valued advice will be appreciated. Thanks, Matt

Posted on 02-18-2007 10:48 p.m. ET  reply

The current generation of 64 bit x86 processors will support 32 bit operating systems and applications. To get the full benefits of a 64 bit chip you will need to run a 64 bit version of your distribution.

Dual-core processors are treated like multi-processor systems. The Linux kernel has supported multiple processes for a long while now (it's called SMP).

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