On 2016-09-20, Jeff Ross <jr...@openvistas.net> wrote:
> Subject: i386 or amd64?
If the hardware supports it, run amd64.
> If I have 8GB, I for sure want to use it all.
You will need amd64 for that. But even if you have less memory,
the larger address space is beneficial. Also, AES-NI support is
only implemented for amd64. And some crypto algorithms are just
faster on 64 bits.
> amd64 has this caveat: "(Some Intel
> processors lack support for important PAE NX bit, which means those
> machines will run without any W^X support -- it is thus safer to run
> those machines in i386 mode)."
That is true but very misleading. It concerns only some rare early
CPUs. The only ones I can find in Wikipedia's lists of Intel CPUs
are the "Nocona" Xeons from 2004.
I have now removed that caveat from the page.
Christian "naddy" Weisgerber na...@mips.inka.de