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nkarakos 10-03-2003 06:14 AM

i586 or i686?
 
Hi, I would like to know what is the difference between i586 and i686 systems. I have a PIII and a P200 MMX PC. What type of distributions should I use?
Thanks.

Thymox 10-03-2003 06:20 AM

The numbers relate to the 'generation' of a processor, and the lower the number, the more computers it will run on. For example, something that is designated as i386 will run on anything from a 386 machine upwards.

386 = 386 and above
486 = 486 and above
586 = Pentium and above
686 = PII and above.

So, a PIII would definitely be an i686 system.

nkarakos 10-03-2003 11:17 AM

Thank you very much


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