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i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by ASX » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:11 pm

Since a few years many operating systems are progressively abandoning 32 bit / i386 support.
We have discussed about, internally, a few times, and generally speaking we are in favour of continuing to support 32 bit systems.

However, as a matter of facts, it is also becoming increasingly difficult to support those old systems, partly because of RAM constraints (unlike Linux pae support in FreeBSD is limited), increased size of software, particularly web browsers, and other less important things.

So, we want to ear from you, yes you: are you using a 32 bit GhostBSD ?

if yes, can you tell us which hardware are you using ? (namely CPU, amount of RAM, graphics and network adapter)
Also, feel free to comment extensively about, we want to know! Thanks.

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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by ASX » Mon Aug 07, 2017 10:22 am

well, it seems there a not much i386 users out there ... 8-)

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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by NevilleGoddard » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:23 pm

I'm not using it and I never will. :D

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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by ASX » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:13 pm

NevilleGoddard wrote:I'm not using it and I never will. :D
I have used nearly all x86 arch, 8 bit (z80) 16 bit (80186/80286), 32bit (from 80386 up to Xeon ... ) , 64 bit ... :D I skipped the 4 bit CPUs :mrgreen:

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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by NevilleGoddard » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:41 am

:lol:

You've certainly done a lot of computing my friend. ;)

The first computer I had was a Windows Me box with 66Mb of RAM 667 MHz CPU and a Quantum Fireball hard drive. I don't know honestly how many bit that was.

It still runs. :)

My next box is also still running is a Dell desktop which had 32bit (cough, cough, hack, choke) Vista.

Then I discovered Zorin 5.2 which had 64bit for free in 2012 and haven't gone back since.

I would only consider 32bit if I needed it to run something on Wine. ;)

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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by ASX » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:13 am

NevilleGoddard wrote::lol:

You've certainly done a lot of computing my friend. ;)
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Yep, I did and enjoyed it.

Ironically what drove me into the "computer programming" has been the idea that I could "drive" a machine at my own desire, expecting no less than a "perfect" result. :lol:

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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by NevilleGoddard » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:53 am

expecting no less than a "perfect" result. :lol:
Yes, programmings not easy. Computers always do exactly what do tell them do not always what you want them to do.

Kraileth and ericbsd pointed me in the right direction with Python.

I've now got more time to spend looking into it as well as the GhostBSD wik.

Looking forward to it. :D

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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by macondo » Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:56 pm

I can go either way, I got a dual celeron w/4 gigs of ram
Desktop Celeron with 4 gigs RAM - icewm/jwm/ratpoison - FreeBSD 11.1/GhostBSD 11.1
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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by NevilleGoddard » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:22 pm

If you've got 4 gigs of RAM, 64bit may run better, but I'm not sure.

There probably won't be much difference, but you're right with 4 gig you can go either way. :P

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Re: i386 / 32 bit GhostBSD

Post by macondo » Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:26 am

You're correct.

i386, IIRC, can only utilize 3 MB of ram maximum, while the 64 bit will use the whole amount.
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