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How do I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit Debian/Ubuntu?

I have a 64-bit (amd64 a.k.a. x86_64) Debian or Ubuntu installation. I need to run 32-bit (i386/i686) programs occasionally, or to compile programs for a 32-bit system. How can I do this with a ...
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Should I install 32 or 64 bit?

I'm going to be installing linux on my 64bit netbook. Last time I checked I was advised that for personal computers (not servers) it is best to install the 32bit version. I believe the reasoning was ...
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Why are 64-bit distros often called 'amd64'?

I am downloading an ISO image of Lubuntu; they have two versions: 32 and 64. But why do they call the 64 version amd64 since they say that it works for Intel also?
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How can I install a 64bit Linux virtual machine on a 32bit Linux?

I've got a computer (Intel core i5) with 32bit Linux installed (ubuntu 11.04) and I would like to install a 64bit Linux virtual machine on it so I can test 64bit command-line applications on it.
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Moving from Ubuntu 32bit: Mint 64bit or Mint 32bit?

I have decided to try out Linux Mint instead of the horrible Ubuntu Unity experince. I have a separate partition for my /home folder, which I'd like to preserve of course. So I'm curious: is it ...
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How come I installed Ubuntu 64 bit on a Pentium 4 machine?

I have just tried booting the Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit live USB on this machine and to my amazement everything works fine. I even installed the system, after which I checked with uname -a and the result is ...
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Debian unstable: ia32-libs can not be used

After an dist-upgrade within Debian unstable (amd64) I can not use 32 bit programs anymore, because ia32-libs is not possible to install: # apt-get install ia32-libs Reading package lists... Done ...