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Re: Fedora 12 x86 DVD images



On 11/28/2009 10:39 AM, Roberto Ragusa wrote:
> Sir Gallantmon wrote:
> 
>> Why not label it "x86_32" instead of i386? That is far less confusing
>> and illustrates that it is 32-bit on the x86 architecture, since x86_64
>> says it is 64-bit on x86 architecture. 
> 
> Because x86_32 is not an architecture name. You are just creating it from
> x86_64.
> 
> 32 bit is i386 or IA32.
> 64 bit is x86_64 or AMD64
> 
> (BTW, I would have preferred AMD64 to be more used for 64 bit, as AMD
> should be given credit for the creation of the architecture, in contrast
> to Intel which gave us the disaster called IA64).
> 

AMD64 is a subset of x86_64, not an equivalent. The equivalent to AMD64 from the Intel side is EM64T. There's certainly a few minor niggling differences between the two architecture-wise, but we don't bias toward either and thus shouldn't name either.

--CJD


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