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Agreed, just look at what happens to Outlook, or Thunderbird when the email store starts approaching 4GB on a 32bit system. This was an ongoing support issue in my days of corporate IT support, in trying to get users to purge their old emails and garbage and backup that which they wanted and create a new store.

The human race (those that have access to IT technology) has become hoarders of digital garbage in the most part of instances.


Andrew Brown

On 26/07/2013 03:39 PM, Tanstaafl wrote:
On 2013-07-26 8:18 AM, Jay Lozier <> wrote:
On Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:03:43 -0400, Tanstaafl
<> wrote:

On 2013-07-26 7:54 AM, James Knott <> wrote:
Tom Davies wrote:
My guess is that the default is 64bit or else other apps might need
the 64bit version. It's generally not a good idea to have more than 1
version of Java although even 1 might well be more than you need now.

The big question is why are the Windows version of LibreOffice and
OpenOffice still 32 bit only.  They've both been available in 64 bit
versions on Linux for years.

Because there is basically no good reason to use a 64bit version of an
Office application - unless you really need to work with a spreadsheet
or text document that approaches 4GB in size (shudder)...

Even Microsoft recommends installing the 32bit version of Office on
64bit machines.

The 4GB limit causes problems with databases moreso than a text document
or spreadsheet.

Personally I can't see using LibO for managing/working with databases that big...

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