Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 05-04-2009, 04:16 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2009
Distribution: CENTOS
Posts: 21

Rep: Reputation: 1

Dear all,
I have got AMD athlon(64bit) based laptop. I want to know if all the versions available for a particular distribution(of linux) will work fine or not for my Nootbok.
Also i want to know what does the x383, x686, x86, etc.....mean to a user(naive)......
In a nutshell a want to ask how to judge whether a particular Linux distribution will work for my PC or not.....

I have Redhat9(x386) will it work on my notebook..

Thanks in advance....
Old 05-04-2009, 04:25 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2008
Location: Nagpur, India
Distribution: Cent OS 5/6, Ubuntu Server 10.04
Posts: 4,629

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Red Hat 9 is very old version and RH has now gone enterprise. You would not find RH free download now. If you want to use RH there is free distribution based on it called CentOS. You can download it from LQ as well.
i386 and i686 are architectures of the processor that you are using.
You have not put all your laptop hardware. But with that processor you can use either i386 or i686. If you have enough ram then you can choose any distribution to use that you can find on list at
For a newbie I would personally suggest Ubuntu or Fedora or Suse but not limited to these distributions.
A 32 bit kernel should work with 64 bit processor but a 64 bit kernel will not work with 32 bit processor.
Old 05-04-2009, 04:26 AM   #3
LQ Guru
Registered: Mar 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Distribution: Fedora, CentOS, OpenSuse, Slack, Gentoo, Debian, Arch, PCBSD
Posts: 6,678

Rep: Reputation: 122Reputation: 122
If you have a sata HDD, then the answer is probably no.
Old 05-04-2009, 04:57 AM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2009
Distribution: CENTOS
Posts: 21

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 1
x383, x686, x86

Dear all,
thank you for the reply.I still want to know what does the x383, x686, x86, etc.. mean???

Also, can any body tell me in which category will my laptop come??
(configuration of my laptop: AMD athlon(64), sata hard disk,1GB Ram DDR2,...))
Old 05-04-2009, 07:10 AM   #5
Registered: Jan 2009
Posts: 165

Rep: Reputation: 44
x86 means the standard intel architecture. It will run on old 386 computers, as well as 486, 586 and so on... Some distributions today have a version for 586 or 686 computers, which take advantage of the new features found in the latest computers (and therefor run faster), but will not be compatible with old machines.

You have an AMD processor, which is equivalent to Intel, and you can go for 686 or 586 or x86. You also have a 64 bit architecture so the x86_64 will also work for you - but you should only take a 64 bit operating system if you have lots of RAM (more than 4G), which is not the case for your system so stick to the 32 bit system as they will actually run faster for you.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
redhat9? nabil_boussetta Linux - Software 1 02-18-2004 06:33 AM
redhat9 Redrook Linux - Newbie 4 11-09-2003 05:11 PM
redhat9.0 and xp brad1234 Linux - Networking 11 11-01-2003 08:41 AM
RedHat9 TV nzdave Linux - Hardware 1 09-04-2003 04:13 AM
who using Redhat9.0? silver810212 Linux - Distributions 19 04-09-2003 10:20 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:54 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration