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Old 02-22-2004, 08:40 PM   #1
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i686 vs. i386

um .. i remember my old 286, 486 and my first pentium (which was a II) ..
is a pentium II a 686? is a pentium III a 786? im starting to get confused by all the architecture references .. is it better to download rpms for an i686 than it is for i386 if my computer is a 786? or is that some other obscure processor thats not directly related to the line of x86 processors intel has managed to saturat most of our lives with?

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okay, thanks ranger_nemo , good article
id take the post down now if i could

Last edited by andzerger; 02-22-2004 at 09:42 PM.
Old 02-22-2004, 09:26 PM   #2
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Short version... Pentium Pro, PII, Celeron, P!!!, and P4 are all in the 686 class.

Long version...
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You can use lower optimized binaries (a 386 program on a 686), but not higher (a 686 program on a 386).


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