OS: To go 64 bit or not to go?
i'm building a new PC and i was wondering if i should choose a 64-bit operating system or not. What are the risks and benefits ? Because i must say, right now, i don't see much benefits from it (except using the full 4 Gb of memory i'll have) since I don't see much 64bit applications out there (but I might be wrong - or blind). And what about drivers ?
The operating system I am looking at is Windows Vista Business 64bit (which i can get for free and completely legal; installing Windows XP is not really an option since i don't have any license left). I'll also install Ubuntu 8.04 64bit. Or i could install the 32-bit version of Vista with the 32-bit version of Ubuntu. I have numerous choice. What do you think ? Not installing Vista is not option, nor is not installing Linux.
It seems a bit odd to me to see that there is so few 64bit software even if it's been a couple of years that 64bit processor are on the market. I was too young to see the 16bit/32bit transition, but I'm curious, was it long ?
For people who might be interested, here's the highlight of my new system:
- Core 2 Duo E8400
- GA-EP35-DS3R motherboard
- 2x2GB of PC2-6400