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Old 06-10-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Re Linux Mint software manager

what is an i386 file as opposed to ordinary software
Old 06-10-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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Generally speaking any x86 will install just fine on any system with a 32 bit processor. There are also 64 bit systems (again the processor)- that's where you see separate versions of software for x86 and 64bit.
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Hi & Welcome to Linux Questions!

i386 refers to a 32-bit computer systems architecture. A i386 file is a file that is on a system with that architecture.
I'll use is the Ubuntu distribution as an example.
Ubuntu 12.04-desktop.i386.iso
A file can contain any type of content. i.e. Text file (*.doc, *.txt, Picture i.e. (*.bmp), Music (*.mp3, *.wav.) are all examples of file types. A program application is an executable file that your computer can actually run.

Ordinary software is different from a file. Software is actually an application or a program that runs on your system.

Hope that helps
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Originally Posted by davidandmargaret View Post
what is an i386 file as opposed to ordinary software
As previously mentioned i386 denotes 32bit

32bit packages are included in 64bit distros for compatibility.

As a rule of thumb you can ignore the i386 versions in Linux Mint software manager ( assumes you are indeed running 64bit on a 64bit system )
If a package needs any 32bit packages it will automatically install/flag them while resolving dependencies.


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