32 bit or 64 bit os for intel E5500 cpu + 2 GB ram?

Hello all

I have been using linux for a few years and now I am planning to migrate to a rolling release (opensuse) from a different distro.

my question is : for and old desktop specs: intel pentium dual core E5500 cpu + 2 GB of ram + intel g41 onboard gpu what which arcitecture would you suggest? 32 bit or 64 bit opensuse tumbleweed? I thought that opensuse leap has dropped 32 bit support but there is 32 bit thumbleweed iso (which surprised me) so should I install 32 bit or 64 bit (xfce or lxde) version? ( I will use net install iso for installation)

Thanks in advance.

Since it’s a 64 bit CPU, then 64bit all the way… :wink:


Thank you very much for your quick response …

So cpu is 64 bit but would 2 GB of ram be a problem for 64 bit OS? Is amount of ram a problem?

2GB RAM should be sufficient for light work, particularly if you install a “light” Desktop like XFCE or LXQt/LXDE.
IMO the regularly offered KDE/Plasma and Gnome Desktops leave very little for application “work.”

I regularly configure 2GB virtual machines with the above Desktops and find that there is little “normal” activity I can’t do.

Of course, YMMV.


Not at all, RPI’s only have 1 GB… just four cores :wink: you should be fine, perhaps allocated additional swap eg 4GB.

If you have the chance, to run the 64 bit version, please do.
For the 32 bit version the support for new software versions starts to become a problem.
The most prominent example is the Firefox web browser.
In 32 bit you can’t get a version newer than Firefox 52, in 64 bit Firefox 56.
This is caused by the lack of a 32 bit version of Rust, the programming language for Firefox > 52, in Tumbleweed.


Hi… All my works are quite light. I am a regular simple user, my all works are only surfing on web and listening to music files and internet radio stations, only softwares I need are Firefox Chromium audacious clementine, ı don’t even need gimp, libreoffice etc and I will install xfce desktop…

Thank you very much for your suggestions, I can’t wait to install opensuse , :wink:

Thank you very much for your suggestions, I wilil install 64 bit opensuse tumbleweed, I almost use Firefox, so a newer version of FF is always good for me

Hi… I think I need to mark topic as solved but I could’nt figure out how to do this :sarcastic:

You can’t. Well, that is, you can change the title by adding “SOLVED” or “DONE”, but you cannot change the status of the thread.

I couldn’t edit my post either… It’s a little odd i think. It was easier on other forums to edit post or k marking as solved

On Thu 19 Oct 2017 03:26:02 PM CDT, yigit wrote:

Knurpht;2842204 Wrote:
> You can’t. Well, that is, you can change the title by adding “SOLVED”
> or “DONE”, but you cannot change the status of the thread.

I couldn’t edit my post either… It’s a little odd i think. It was
easier on other forums to edit post or k marking as solved

Because we also use nntp to access the forums, this is why it’s done
this way :wink:

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Also editing an older post where there are already answers could make the whole discussion very confusing. And when the discussion is already at post #12, #13, those that contribute to that thread will most probably not go back every time to check if you changed something in post #3.Thus you should add new information in a new post where it is in the logical sequence of the discussion and were people will most probably look.

It might be easier for you to edit, but I doubt it is easier for others to follow what happens.

Does it really download really 3 GB of data? If so I will not use net install iso and I will download whole latest snapshot so I will have a installation iso…

Thank you very much for your answers and sorry for taking your time

Well it all depends on your desktop selection, but the snapshot iso image will be gone at the next snapshot release, for Tumbleweed you will download lots of updates in a month, so if you worried about 3 GB net download, perhaps openSUSE Leap 42.3 is a better choice?


I have selected xfce desktop and unchecked office software etc, I only wanted to install the apps I need most, I thought that It will only need 1 GB or 1.5 GB data.I am not worrying about 3 GB net download , I thought that downloading snapshot iso (or as you said Leap 42.3 iso) makes more sense because when there is need to do a clean installation, having a bootable installatin usb drive and updating only important packages (like kernel etc) after installation is better than downloading whole packages again and again…

(sorry for my horrible English grammer by the way :slight_smile:

Thank you, I will make decision between downloading tumbleweed iso and stable iso

A quirk is that you <cannot> minimize your download by deselecting packages during the install…
The result will be that the deleselected packages will be installed anyway, then removed.

My recommendation is to just install the image with default settings more or less (but do decide on the Desktop), then update the system, and only then remove what you don’t want.

Continuing to maintain Tumbleweed will require massive downloads (relative to LEAP).
If network data is a limitation for you, install LEAP instead of Tumbleweed.