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Old 10-03-2003, 07:14 AM   #1
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i586 or i686?

Hi, I would like to know what is the difference between i586 and i686 systems. I have a PIII and a P200 MMX PC. What type of distributions should I use?
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The numbers relate to the 'generation' of a processor, and the lower the number, the more computers it will run on. For example, something that is designated as i386 will run on anything from a 386 machine upwards.

386 = 386 and above
486 = 486 and above
586 = Pentium and above
686 = PII and above.

So, a PIII would definitely be an i686 system.
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