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Old 11-22-2003, 12:35 AM   #1
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Question i686, i586, i386


What does it mean when a distro is I386, I586, I686? Does this refer to processor? If so then what would a P3 866 be? Do I have to use the coresponding IXXX or can I use a different one? What if I have 2 processors?

Am I on the right track??

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You're safe with the i686 if you're on a PIII. If you want to support miltple CPUs out-of-the-box then you'll want a kernel that supports SMP (symmetric multi processing).

You can always install a plain-jane kernel and then build to suit your tastes (SMP, big RAM support, ad infinitum)
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