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Old 04-23-2004, 04:50 AM   #1
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Difference between "2.4.18-1-i386" and "2.4.18-i386bf"

Hi All:

I've read the debian weekly news.

With refer to:

I found that there are two architecture called

i386 and i386bf.

What are the difference between these two?
Old 04-23-2004, 06:13 AM   #2
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the bf isn't an architecture. it's a slightly different kernel, and the bf is probably somebody's initials, or an abbreviation for what the kernel is for.
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The standard kernel used in Debian Woody installation is 2.2. However, there also exists an 'experimental' set of boot floppies that use kernel 2.4, which has lots of features not available in kernel 2.2 (like support for newer hardware and ext3 and reiserfs filesystems). As far as I can tell, 'bf2.4' simply refers to the specific kernel 2.4 version that is used in this 'experimental' boot floppy set for Debian Woody installer.

Hence, bf = boot floppies. The 'i386' part refers to the cpu architecture typical for Intel processors in many PCs.


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