Comment 113 for bug 585940

Hello to you all,
I'm CitizenKane - the originator of this question - and I would like to
thank you all for your continued concern.
Since I posed the question on the forum, I tried closing the discussion by
accepting the explanation that "getlibs" was a sufficient answer to run 32
bit apps on the 64bit Ubuntu as a technical precaution.
However ...
Since I have downloaded the 64bit and installed it as a dual boot on my Dell
Desktop (8gb ram, 1gb Nvidia graphics, 1 tb HD) I have experiences some
major hardware difficulties and OS glitches.
After installing the Nvidia proprietary drivers for Linux, it has difficulty
maintaining dual monitor displays and 1080p resolution and will default to
single, basic resolution unless I reactivate the X display.
I have a 7.1 surround theater speaker system which it does not recognize.
Program gltches such as Orca speech /w Speech Distributor engine has no
'Betty', ....
So far, the experience could be described as 'Malfunction Junction' - so -
until these bugs are worked out, I suggest to continue with even a stronger
warning and explanation for 64bit.
Thanks for your continued interest,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew Nuzum" <email address hidden>
To: <email address hidden>
Sent: Monday, October 04, 2010 7:03 AM
Subject: [Bug 585940] Re: Text reads "not recommended" for 64-bit

The wording is being changed for 10.10 release day. It is going to be
something like:
[ x ] 32 bit (recommended)
[ ] 64 bit

The reason is that we want people to have a great experience even if
they read nothing and just hit the giant orange "download button." All
form fields are defaulted so that people will get a sane and usable
experience without having to make a decision.

Let me re-iterate that there are two separate conversations going on
here:

 1. The website pushes people to 32bit in a way that bothers some
 2. 32bit Ubuntu desktop is or isn't simpler to run and configure for new
users than 64bit Ubuntu

This bug is about point #1. If you want to make 64bit Ubuntu better or
discuss anything related to point #2 than this bug is not the place to
discuss it.

** Changed in: ubuntu-website-content
       Status: Confirmed => In Progress

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Text reads "not recommended" for 64-bit
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Status in Ubuntu Website Content: In Progress

Bug description:
On http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download it shows the options
for 32bit and 64bit

32-bit - Recommended for most users
64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage

Why is 64-bit not recommended? I've used it for years and aside from
netbooks (whose users would most likely choose UNE) I don't know if any
computer released in the last few years that doesn't support 64-bit.

Unlike Microsoft's webpage for Windows 7, Ubuntu.com doesn't even an
explanation as to the differences between 32 and 64-bit operating systems,
nor how a user could tell if they can run it.
Apple even shows 64-bit as a positive bullet point in its Snow Leopard, why
is Ubuntu treating 64-bit like a beta?

I understand there should be some precaution since the user may have a
computer that doesn't run 64-bit, but I think the wording "not recommended
for daily desktop usage" is poor.

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