There is no memory requirement to use an SSD.
hollowface, great call!
This is correct, and it's also best as well run a 64 bit OS to utilize the 64 bit CPU's security features, otherwise, these are going to waste. 64 bit CPU's has security features that 32 bit OS's cannot utilize, including browsers, which on a Linux OS, are also 64 bit.
While it's true at today's pricing that having an 8GB RAM set instead of 4GB will lessen the writes to the drive, and may under some conditions make it more snappy, there's no mandatory upgrade of the RAM required, However I do recommend to run a 64 bit OS on the computer for obvious reasons. Another is that you're not locked out of 3rd party browsers, such as Google Chrome, and I have little doubt that the locking down of more 32 bit software is coming, and it's not just a Linux issue.
It's coming to a point where 32 bit developers of all types are going to have to rethink their game plan soon, or face becoming unemployed. Including those working on OS & browser projects, this is as good time as any to request transfer to the 64 bit dev team, where there's a lot more life, and assistance is needed the most. Today, corporations are wasting cash on the upkeep of 32 bit anything, unless it's critical mission software that can't be let go of (examples are those in the medical field) at this time, until stable 64 bit replacements are in place.
The first 64 bit CPU releases began over a decade ago, and it's been nearly 7 years since the 64 bit era has been locked into place (excluding the short lived netbook experiment), and finally time to get in tunes with the times. Those who are running 32 bit OS's on 64 bit hardware are also missing out on performance, even those with only 2GB RAM & a 64 bit computer will see improved performance, Linux OS's are designed different from Windows, many will idle on under 600MiB RAM, and in real world usage, will rarely hit the 4GiB mark, many won't even hit 2GiB unless there are 15+ pages open.
A SSD is the best 'bang for the buck' today, paired with a 64 bit OS.
Edited by cat1092, 28 March 2016 - 02:42 AM.