[Wine] 64-bit OS, WINE and Memory (size) related question.

imatechguy wineforum-user at winehq.org
Wed May 13 13:23:07 CDT 2009

Having avoided them for some time now, based on compatibility concerns as I began to learn and use Linux full time, I’ve recently gotten the urge to start playing around with some 64-bit distro’s.  The benefit of course is running more than the 4Gb (system-wide) limit imposed by a 32-bit OS.  In my current system I only have 2Gb (2x1Gb) of RAM so I’m thinking of either adding 4Gb (2x2Gb) or even upgrading to 8Gb (4x2Gb).  My dilemma is that the apps I use WINE for (Games) are all 32-bit, which leaves me to wonder how effectively used the extra memory will be utilized, by both the OS and WINE.  Something else that gives me pause is that in searching for an existing answer I saw quite a few posts/threads related to WINE and how it reserves memory/virtual memory regardless.  I would appreciate any insight, links to benchmarking data, etc. available.


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