32 or 64 bit as server ?

Bill Moran wmoran at potentialtech.com
Tue Nov 23 14:17:42 UTC 2010

In response to Jerry <freebsd.user at seibercom.net>:

> On Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:52:33 +0100
> Eva Kukulies <eva at kukulies.org> articulated:
> > I'm thinking of renting a hosting server and I have an offer of
> > getting a FreeBSD 8.1 server. I want to run MySQL 5.x, PHP5,
> > apache2.2 on it and I'm asking myself
> > whether it would matter if I choose 32 of 64 bit ?
> I have all three running on an 8.1/64 amd system successfully.

It was only a few years ago that my advice was "Don't got 64 bit unless
you know you need it."

Of course, things are always changing, and at this point in time, my
advice would be "only go 32 bit if you _know_ there's something that
won't work in 64 bit."

I can speak personally that we have a multitude of servers running
PHP and Apache 2.2 on 64 bit FreeBSD with no trouble.  I don't use
MySQL, but I have a hard time believing that it's not 64 bit clean.

Bill Moran

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