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Old 03-25-2007, 05:31 AM   #1
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system architecture - 32 vs 64 bit

I have an AMD64 CPU in my desktop system and am running Kubuntu 64-bit.

My question is...can I nuke it, and then download and install the i386 version of the OS? Will it run on my CPU?

I tried to install a Debian package intended for the i386 architecture and it complained. I was hoping maybe Kubuntu itself was the issue and not my actual hardware. (The package in question was Yahoo Messenger; if it's impossible to do this, is there something else I can use which will allow me access to my Yahoo buddy list?)

Old 03-25-2007, 05:35 AM   #2
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All x86_64 processors can run 32bit operating systems and application. You should be able to wipe the computer clean and install the i386 OS or software package. The distros may have a message box telling you that your better off with the 64bit version, but it shouldn't stop you from continuing the installation.
Old 03-28-2007, 09:22 AM   #3
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Gaim, Kopete, CenterICQ

These are some of the messenger applications I've used. All of them support most protocols (msn, yahoo, aim, icq, jabber, irc, etc etc). You should be able to install from synaptic.


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