I’m debating a reinstall to 64 bit linux on a beefy new laptop and was hoping someone else had made the jump and had experiences to share with regard to existing tools and compatibility with 64 bit. Are most folks just using a 32 bit VM to use the non-compatible tools or filtering out options based on the architecture?
I personally use a 64-bit host, but run 32-bit guests. I find it simpler, after a test, to wipe a VM and restore clean, and I’ll occasionally update tools in my VM master images to test, snapshot etc. Just find it makes life easier, and removes most of the compatibility issues.