32-Bit or 64-Bit Linux Guest?

Discussion in 'Linux Guest OS Discussion' started by PeterP, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. PeterP

    PeterP Bit Poster


    I've been using Parallels for a long time now, but only with a WinXP guest for various Windows software where the Mac equivalent isn't suitable.

    I now want to set up a Linux guest to run a demo version of Oracle eBusiness Suite 12. This can be either a 32-bit or 64-bit installation. I know the Mac will support 64-bit, but not sure whether the Linux guest would be better running as 32-bit or 64-bit.

    System Spec ...

    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    System Version: Mac OS X 10.5.6 (9G55)
    Kernel Version: Darwin 9.6.0

    Parallels ...
    Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac
    Build 4.0.3810 (January 23, 2009)

    The linux version I'm planning on using is ...

    Specifications Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 (essentially RHEL5 Server Update3)
    Architectures X86, X86-64
    Versions Update 3

    RHEL5 Server Update3 | Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 3
    # rpm –qf /etc/redhat-release | # rpm –qf /etc/redhat-release
    redhat-release-5Server- | enterprise-release-5-0.0.17
    # cat /etc/redhat-release | # cat /etc/redhat-release
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server | Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server
    release 5.3 (Tikanga) | release 5.3 (Tikgana)

    Can anyone please advise or comment on the performance and stability of 64-bit Linux as a guest, and its impact on using the Mac when the VM is active?

    Thank you,

  2. PeterP

    PeterP Bit Poster

    Any takers?

    Any one using a 64-bit Linux guest? If so, what's your opinion? Is it OK, or a performance hog?


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