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Old 12-30-2003, 02:22 AM   #1
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Gentoo -- Which one?

Gentoo sells 3 CDs in question, Athlon XP, x86, and i686.

My computer runs on an AMD Athlon XP 2500+, but Linux reports it as an i686.

So, should I buy the x86, just to be safe, the Athlon XP, because that's what I have, or the i686, because that is how Linux sees it?

Old 12-30-2003, 02:34 AM   #2
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Part of uname gives me 'i686 AMD Athlon(tm) Processor AuthenticAMD'. i686 is just the generic class - I'd go with AthlonXP if that's what you've got. i686 would either be high-generic or Intel-specific, while x86 would be generic, I think.

If you can, try downloading first and testing it out. If it works, then drop 'em some money.
Old 12-30-2003, 02:54 AM   #3
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Athlon-xp one will do, though the difference is what the software packages are compiled for, and you'll most likely be compiling your own packages/kernel(since the ones that come with the iso image is quite outdated), so in the end it doesnt really matter. The i386/i686 iso might even be a better choice because you can use it on other intel boxes as well.
Also if you're planning to do a stage1 install(compiling everything from scratching, recommended if you have time to spare, because this way you have all the latest packages) just get the basic 90mb iso, it only contains the essentials, after its installed you can then download and compile software packages you want with portage.

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Old 12-30-2003, 11:40 AM   #4
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Athlon XP it is!

No downloading on my ultra slow dial up.
I was planning on compiling everything anyways.

Thanks guys!


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