[SATLUG] Does i386 mean i386 anymore?

Cheryl Holmes cherylholmes72 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 19:19:16 CDT 2009


Oh wow!  Now I need to know just what constitutes an i686 ...and maybe what
an i386 is.  I thought I knew...Guess not..c

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 2:53 PM, FIRESTORM_v1 <firestorm.v1 at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello Satluggers...
>
> I'm in a real bind here and am hoping that someone can share some
> advice on what is needed to get-r-dun. :P
>
> I downloaded and installed CentOS5 (i386) onto a hard drive for my
> Neoware CA-5 and when I put it in the Neoware, it was caught in a boot
> loop.  Right after grub would load the initrd for the kernel, it'd
> reboot.
>
> I did some research on this and it ends up that the issue is that the
> kernel is compiled for i686 and not i386. I managed to get the Neoware
> to run after installing Ubuntu Server 9.04 (x86) on it but was wanting
> something more Red-Hat ish on this device.
>
> Are we now at an era where a distro that is advertised as being i386?
> I know it's possible to compile the kernel for everything from a
> toaster to a supercomputing cluster and remember the fun of setting up
> Redhat 6.2 on many an embedded device but then again, that was ages
> ago and things have changed.. a lot.
>
> Has anyone else run across this situation regarding embedded (non
> beige-box) situations?  What do you recommend for a device with no
> CDROM/Floppy and (to my dismay) does not network boot.  What are your
> experiences with working with embedded class devices?
>
> FIRESTORM_v1
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