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Old 06-29-2003, 01:33 PM   #1
mramgopal
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What is architecture?


I just don't understand what is i386 and i586 and i686 platforms . While I have used 386 pc's and 286's too, in the linux context I use 386 to be safe . I have a PIII intel , so what is the appropriate rpm I ought to use , or do I have to compile almost everything from source to optimize for my pc? I could not find any answers on the web or books.
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Old 06-29-2003, 02:40 PM   #2
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i386 = 386 computers
i486 = 486 computers
i586 = Pentium, K6
i686 = Pentium Pro and above, k6-2 and above

A computer can run something from a lower architecture, but not from a higher one.

Its debatable whether i686 is any faster than i386. So its not something to upsess about.
 
Old 06-29-2003, 04:50 PM   #3
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pentium pro shouldnt be 686 they came out between pentium and p2
 
Old 06-29-2003, 04:52 PM   #4
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Would anyone happen to know where an AMD K5 falls out in this?

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