CentOS droplet versions - what do these numbers mean?

April 12, 2015 1.8k views
Getting Started Configuration Management CentOS

What does 7x64, 6.5x 32 and so on mean in selecting a CentOS droplet version?

3 Answers

x64 and x32 mean the droplet is 64 or 32-bit respectively.

6 or 7 are the CentOS version number.

There's almost no good reason to pick 32-bit anymore.

Thanks. The page at https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-create-your-first-digitalocean-droplet-virtual-server says "A 32-bit operating system is recommended for cloud servers with less than 3 GB of RAM -- this is especially true for servers with 1 GB, or less, of RAM." I'm so new I squeak and am starting off small so I thot 32 would be the best option.

I honestly dont think it matters too much to be honest.

if you are not getting much traffic and/or are not doing anything too taxing then 32bit is fine,

That said,
Every server I build now is 64bit no matter what just because.

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