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What's the difference between 32 and 64 bit linux?

What exactly are the implications? Can a 32 bit linux run applications that are compiled as 64 bit? Or vice versa? I just got a new machine with an i5 processor, I installed a copy of Ubuntu 10.10 ...
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OpenBSD: 32 bit or 64 bit

I would like to use the 64 bit version of OpenBSD, but I'm not really sure how good it works. Are there any known problems? Is the 32 bit version more recommended for productive environment?
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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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Linux distro installation on 64 bit processor

I am trying to install Ubuntu/Fedora 64 bit versions on my machine and they shout back saying my CPU does not support x86_64 bit architecture and forces me to use i686 versions. I am currently ...
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How was the shift to 64 bits handled on Linux

How was the transition to 64 bits handled on Linux/Unix? The Windows world still seems to have issues with it and I'm curious how it was handled in the *nix world.