Should I install 32 or 64 bit?
I want to migrate from Ubuntu to OpenSUSE, and I need to decide between the 32bit and the 64bit versions. 6 years ago, when I purchased a Windows desktop, I was advised to stick with the 32bit version of Windows XP due to compatibility reasons.
That was 6 years ago, so I assume things are different now. Also, that was on Windows, and Linux works differently(which can either make things better or worse), so I need to know:
- How much of the software library of OpenSUSE(Linux in general?) compatible with 64bit?
- Is there a performance difference between a 32bit Linux running a 32bit application on a 64bit processor and a 64bit OS running a 32bit application in 32bit emulation mode?
- In the rare occasions 32bit emulation mode fails to activate(happened to me once on Windows Server 2008...), is there a way to force Linux to activate it for specific applications?
Thanks in advance! Most of the data I find on Google is old, and probably outdated...