Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Jun 2010 22:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV It's been a very long wait, but the release is finally here: Adobe has released Flash Player 10.1. Since Flash has come under increasing scrutiny, there's a lot at stake here for Adobe. This release is supposed to use far less resources while still being faster, more stable, and more secure. Update: No 64bit Flash player for now - on any platform. The Linux beta has been axed.
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20%? For what types of operations? Performance gains on the desktop are negligible and in some cases 32 bit is faster:,2845,2280812,00.asp

64 bit performance really depends on the type of workload:

You know, that's a mislead benchmark there. There's really rarely a case where your computer is otherwise idle but only plays music; no, usually the user is also doing some other things at the same time as playing music. The more processes you are running simultaneously the bigger the benefit you'll see in running 64-bit.

Also, web browsers et al do move around a lot of data and as such the extra bandwidth really benefits them. And the heavier the application in question the more benefit it gains; audio and video editing and processing applications, 3D modeling and CAD applications, photo manipulation, hell, even gaming.

Usually a user doesn't have only 1 single application open playing a single track and as such it's safe to say that 64-bit OS and applications stack DOES indeed provide worthy benefits over 32-bit ones.

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