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Old 04-29-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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confusion about architecture type.

Hi guys
I havn't touched my linux distro for about 3 months, and I was a newb before. I am trying to download and install wine, which I've done before on my SuSE 9.1 distro. I seem to remember that my architecture is i386 (amd athlon xp). YaST hardware info tells me that same thing. When I try to d'l wine through, there appears to be only versions for i586. Is it actually important that I stick with an i386 release, or should I d/l anyway?
Sorry for the stupid questions.
Old 04-29-2005, 10:45 PM   #2
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i586 should work. when i used suse i was using packages from 386, 486 and 586...i'm not sure what the exact differences are, but i know in slack which i use now, i do the same thing, with no problem.
Old 04-30-2005, 12:53 AM   #3
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you just need stuff compiled for your machine or below not above

i386 is from like 1984 or something absurd

the actual compiler flag for your system is

it's a little tricky having to use intel specs but you have MMX, 3dNOW!, enhanced 3dNOW! and full SSE instruction set so even things compiled for -march=pentium3 should work or anything below

idealy you should be using things compiled for athlon-xp cause no intel chips use 3dNOW
Old 04-30-2005, 09:52 AM   #4
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i586 is fine for Athlon XP.Actually anything in between i386 and i686 is fine for it when you install prepackaged software.
Old 04-30-2005, 10:09 AM   #5
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i386 is just the lowest common denominator, meaning it will run on anything above a 386.
i585 means it will run on anything 586 (pentium) and above and is compiled using optimisations allowed by that processor. Likewise i686

On the rare occasion I download a package, I get i686 because I have a Duron.
Old 04-30-2005, 12:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for all your imput. I'm going to go ahead and d/l the wine package, then, and I'll see if there's any other problems.
Being new to linux and the forums, I'm surprised at how helpful people are!


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