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Old 01-07-2005, 04:32 AM   #1
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What does i386 mean?


When choosing an Linux Distro ISO, I see you have option like:

i386
PPC
Sparc
AMD64

What is i386?

Isn't that short for the old 80386?

What disto works with P4 or new AMD processors?
 
Old 01-07-2005, 04:51 AM   #2
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i386 is Intel chips.........Pentium and above, I believe.

I have Slackware and LFS on a P4 1.5 ghz box.......works great
 
Old 01-07-2005, 12:57 PM   #3
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i386 is shorthand for Intel 80386 (and above). If it will run on a 80386, it will run on a Pentium, etc.

Some distros also have a i586 version for Pentiums and above, only.
 
Old 01-07-2005, 01:21 PM   #4
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non-A64 AMD chips=i386
 
Old 01-07-2005, 01:33 PM   #5
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iirc, i386 in most contexts is another way of saying IA-32, the instruction set for the i386 archictecture. any post-80386 pentium or AMD chip will be i386 compatible.
 
Old 01-07-2005, 02:41 PM   #6
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IA-32 ? What does that mean?
 
Old 01-07-2005, 03:35 PM   #7
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intel architecture 32 (bit)
 
  


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