Thanks for the responses.
I guess the question is out of all of the choices, which one describes my system. I kind of have an idea but I'm not quite sure.
The options are basically:
Linux (x86, glibc-2.2, static, gcc) standard, max or debug
Linux (x86, glibc-2.3, dynamic, intel c++ compiler, requires intel icc shared libraries) standard, max or debug
Linux (S/390) standard and max
Linux (ia64, intel c++ compiler) standard max and debug
Linux (alpha) standard max and debug
Linux (IBM / Motorola, PowerPC, IBM / POWER) standard max and debug
Linux (AMD64, Intel EM64T, glibc-2.3, dynamic, gcc) standard max and debug
Linux x86 RPM downloads and Linux IA64 RPM (glib-2.3, dynamic, gcc) in server, max, and other various options including embedded server.
The ones that mention 64 (like the AMD64 and Intel EM64T) seem to imply that they are intended for 64 bit machines. My system is not so I guess that rules them out.
I'm running Red Hat 9, so I suspect that means I can rule out the alpha, S/390 and IBM/Motorola variants.
This basically leaves me with an x86 version, though some questions still remain.
Do I go for the binaries or the RPM, and what, when it all boils down, is the difference?
If I go the binaries, they have different versions of the glibc item, and the second requires intel libraries. They say the former will be faster than the second because it is static, though the stecond will be faster again because it users the intel compiler.
Elsewhere, it says that the RPMs are made to run with the most efficiency, but there is no mention of glibc or the intel compiler for that, though I think I read somewhere that they are built with the -static option, so I guess that goes towards the speed issue.
Yes ... I'm a confused newbie ... though I think I have reasoned out a fair bit of it.
Can anyone clear any of this up ... I'd just like to know the meaning of the specs and how they relate to my system.