[SATLUG] Does i386 mean i386 anymore?

Greg Swift gregswift at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 21:32:00 CDT 2009

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 20:31, scs at worldlinkisp.com <scs at worldlinkisp.com>wrote:

> >Oh wow!  Now I need to know just what constitutes an
> i686
> ..and maybe what an i386 is.  I thought I
> knew...Guess not
> ----------------------------------------------------------
> Refers the the lowest level of processor compatibility.
> Current distributions are now dropping the i386 and
> settling
> for the i686 (eg. AMD K6 processor).
> It was kept low (i386) mainly for people in the third
> world
> countries, that either didn't have access or
> wherewithall to
> obatin a more advanced processor.
> hth  Lou
Whats interesting is that he is having the issue on CENTOS 5, because
according to Fedora 11's feature list, they just started dropping i386
building in favor of i586.


I didn't realize RHEL/CENTOS did this different from Fedora.


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