[SATLUG] Does i386 mean i386 anymore?

Jonathan Hull masterr at gmail.com
Mon Aug 17 03:59:27 CDT 2009

I've run into this before. I was trying to install the "i386" version
of CentOS 5.3 on my Fit-PC (1st gen) which has an AMD Geode CPU. This
is an i686 CPU missing one instruction (I forget which one), thus
CentOS and other distros see it as "i586". The "i386" version of
CentOS refused to install because apparently it was actually compiled
for "i686". I ended up using another distro entirely after
unsuccessfully trying to work around it for a couple of hours.


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?
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