With that sentence, I think you are either twisting my words, or you missed my point. My point about 32-bit is in the context of a post that initially (before a clarifying post) that a user was about to leave a distribution (for another) in order to be able to play one type of media file (and vague incorrect comments about general multimedia setup ease). So in that context I see no difference there between leaving a distribution and changing to 32-bit.
What I read is brazzmonkey complained in general about how difficult in general it is to get multimedia working on openSUSE. My point is in general that comment simply is not correct. BUT still, IMHO one should use what works for them. In general (and not specific to this thread) I believe that if Ubuntu works, use it. If Red Hat works, use it. If Windows or Mac works, use it. Bouncing around to different OS to solve minor hiccups to me appears to be very counter productive. BUT if one has the time to do that, then one also has the time to try 32-bit instead.
That is the context of the post in terms of my first reply.
What I now read is brazzmonkey left kbuntu because 64-bit there was not mature enough for him, in a thread where realplay did not work for him. But it was only in reply (ie AFTER) my post, that he then added a general complaint about other factors being the main reason. His first post read like the problem was “the pain” re: multimedia in general in openSUSE. My point is multimedia IS easy to setup in openSUSE (and is even easier with 32-bit than 64-bit).
Again, IMHO, instead of wasting time switching distributions to find the perfect 64-bit distribution (which for some users DOES need manual tuning), if one does not like the effort required to manually tune (for minor aspects such as realplayer, where the “minor” hiccups are big for him), then a user should stick with 32-bit where those those “minor” hiccups don’t exist.
More specific to brazzmonkey, if he has other specific problems, he should seek help in separate theads for each, and not simply state “its the sum of all things” with no specific references. That IMHO is basically a posting technique to preclude any constructive helpful reply by any users who do want to help.
To conclude, I think users should stick with what works for them. Clearly in this case, 64-bit is NOT working for brazzmonkey on more than one distribution. In general, IF a user can eventually can get Ubuntu, Red Hat, Windows, Mac (or other) OS working (with 64-bit), then they should stick with it. Given their 64-bit problems, I still see going for 32-bit an easy approach to solve what I see as time wasteful distribution/OS switching.