[development] Does Drupal Run in 64 bit Ubuntu Linux Machine

Bob Hutchinson hutchlists at midwales.com
Fri Feb 11 10:41:10 UTC 2011

On Friday 11 February 2011, Kamal Palei wrote:
> Hi Kamparajan
> Thanks for quick reply. I hope the link you have given is extremely useful.
> But that may work fine with 32 bit machines. Does it work for 64 bit
> machines, that is my concern.

Drupal will run on 64 bit because the packages it uses will run on 64 bit
These are 
php 5.3.x
mysql 5.1.x
apache 2.2.x

If you are planning a production server it may well be installed remotely and 
access will be through ssh. In that case you will not need to install a gui at 
all, this will provide you with a faster box as all the resources will go to 
the server software. 
If you use ubuntu 10.x LTS you do a basic install and then add just what you 
need. If you need an admin gui install webmin to manage apache, firewall, 
users and ssh and phpmyadmin for working with mysql

The ubuntu_lamp_for_newbies link is useful but rather out of date, I would use 
aptitude for managing your packages. The instructions there are aimed at 
people wanting an in-house server rather than a production server pointing to 
the www.

If this is a bit daunting consider buying a lower spec 64 bit box, these can 
be had for under £250 (or whatever that is in your area) and use that to 
practise on, make your mistakes there where you can just start again if you 
blow it ;-) It does not need to be powerful as only you are accessing it. 

Alternately you might want to use Virtualbox on an existing machine.

Don't worry about 32 bit versus 64 bit, the tools you need will work in 
exactly the same way under either. It is getting the hang of admin that is 
your biggest challenge.

Hope this helps.

> Regards
> Kamal
> On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:48 PM, kamparajan p <kamparajan at gmail.com> wrote:
> > In this link is very useful to you,
> > 
> > http://www.howtoforge.com/ubuntu_lamp_for_newbies
> > 
> > On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 12:43 PM, Kamal Palei 
<kamal.palei.1975 at gmail.com>wrote:
> >> Hi All
> >> I wanted to install Drupal 6 / Drupal 7 in a 64 bit Ubuntu machine.
> >> Just wanted to check if Drupal is compatible with 64 bit Ubuntu Linux
> >> machine.
> >> 
> >> My machine's hardware profiles are -
> >> ---------------------------------------------------
> >> 1. CPU intel core *i5* 650 boxed 3.2 ghz socket 1156
> >> 2. MB intel P55 Chipset *DH55P* J Boxed
> >> 3. HDD WD SATA 2Tb 64MB cache
> >> 
> >> With above hardware profile, and Ubuntu 10.04 (*64 bit*) linux
> >> environment, I am planning to install Drupal6/7.
> >> If somebody has already done it , please share if you faced any
> >> problems.
> >> 
> >> Also in a 64 bit ubuntu linux machine, which webserver is recommonded.
> >> I found some people using XAMPP. Is it the best one or you have
> >> someother recommondations.
> >> Load on web server will be high, at high load, I am looking for high
> >> performing webserver.
> >> 
> >> Best Regards
> >> Kamal

Bob Hutchinson
Midwales dot com

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