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marshall8151 07-25-2009 04:02 AM

how can i match a distro to my processor?
 
Hi all

I have a desktop pc x86 family

and had a netbook acer aspire a150 Atom 1.6ghz what family do I look for to get a distro for the netbook?
what do the various links re processors relate to above the distro download links

I nice simple explanation would be lovely

thanks
marshall

rjwilmsi 07-25-2009 04:31 AM

To ensure compatibility on both of your computers, simply use the 32-bit standard version (this might be called i586 or i686).

jay73 07-25-2009 04:36 AM

Yes, x86, that is 32 bit. Some atoms are 64 bit but those will run either of 32 bit or 64 bit while a 32 bit atom won't be able to run 64 bit; if uncertain, x86 is the failsafe option. Besides, I do not think that atoms are powerful enough to take any real advantage of running a 64 bit operating system.

marshall8151 07-25-2009 09:27 AM

Hi all

many thanks for your really good answers, another problem solved

thanks
marshall


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