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Old 02-16-2006, 09:21 AM   #1
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Few things I don't undertstand..


Hello,

I went to download Debian and first I didn't understand why and what are those 10 versions.. Alpha, ANR, i386 (most comps im guessing?) powerpc(mac?)..

Then I went to check out Mandriva and the download was i586?

Currently on my main computer I have 32-bit windows on AMD..

Please explain this to me.. Thanks.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 09:38 AM   #2
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Those are the different hardware platforms supported by Debian eg. s390 is for a ibm mainframe, alpha digital alpha processors, ppc mac ppc processors ... You want the i386 version.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 09:46 AM   #3
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This article may help with the difference between 386,486,586,686.

http://computer.hitechemall.com/support/faqselcpu.htm
 
Old 02-16-2006, 05:14 PM   #4
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But.. Why isn't there an explanation on debian.org explaining who needs which distro? Or is there? Thanks.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 05:15 PM   #5
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And.. for 586 it says

586
Pentium
486 + Dual pipeline, total 64 bit

Does that mean ONLY pentium?.. AMD wouldn't work

thanks.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 05:18 PM   #6
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This is not my place to say, but if you are looking for a Debian distro, have you checked out Ubuntu: there wiki explain the differences between architecture types and platforms.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 05:23 PM   #7
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Quote:
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This is not my place to say, but if you are looking for a Debian distro, have you checked out Ubuntu: there wiki explain the differences between architecture types and platforms.
I'm really just asking this to learn..

I have a AMD Athlon XP 2600+, what would that be? other then i386..

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Old 02-16-2006, 05:31 PM   #8
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64 bit for AMD : x86-64
64 bit for Intel : IA64

if your processor is a 64 bit version , you may use x86-64 version of the distro or you can install i386 version too , without any problem
But you will loose many efficiency that a 64 bit version of a distro has

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Old 02-16-2006, 05:40 PM   #9
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What would be the diffrence if I installed a Mandrakelinux i586 or Ubuntu i386 onto my computer?.. Aside from having diffrent OSs.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 06:30 PM   #10
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I586 means that the kernel/application was compiled to make use of instruction sets included in newer processors. SSE, SSE2, and MMX are examples. So you will get better performance using those, games and multimedia make use of the examples given.

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Old 02-16-2006, 06:44 PM   #11
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And don't forget that with Debian (or any linux for that matter) you can always install a newer kernel later. In Debian you can install a prepackaged binary version or you can recompile your own. Not sure if other distro's let you install prepackaged binaries...
 
Old 02-16-2006, 06:47 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fadeone
And.. for 586 it says

586
Pentium
486 + Dual pipeline, total 64 bit

Does that mean ONLY pentium?.. AMD wouldn't work

thanks.
That means 586 (pentium) or better processor since AMD includes support for those processor's functions in their instruction set on the chip then you could use it. I don't believe there is a AMD only installer packaged for Debian at all even when installing 64bit it will work on both the Intel and AMD varieties. For the installer for your purposes the i386 will work if you want a kernel latter that will be for your machine then you would want one with a -k7 in the name which means it is for an AMD Duron/Athlon/Athlon XP/Sempron 32 or 64 bit but this would not support the 64bit extensions on the Sempron for that you would need the unofficial AMD 64bit installer.
 
Old 02-16-2006, 09:35 PM   #13
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