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Old 06-02-2004, 12:53 PM   #1
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How do I know which linux package is compatible with my distribution? And what is the difference between i386 and i586 files in the rpm distributions?

Dinesh J. Karia
Old 06-02-2004, 01:29 PM   #2
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without going into a lot of details, i386 should run on all 386 based intel platforms including the old 80386. i686 is for pentium pro and newer processors, and usually contains optimizing code that is specific for these architectures. you can find out what architecture your system is by giving the command:
uname -m
hope this helps.

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