[Wolves] i586/i686 the difference is?

James Turner james at turnersoft.co.uk
Wed Aug 4 19:56:52 BST 2004

On Wednesday 04 Aug 2004 18:28, Adam Sweet wrote:
>  --- Peter Evans <zen8486 at zen.co.uk> wrote:

> Obviously, i386 is for the 386 and higher, i486 is for
> 486s and higher, i586 is for earlier AMD processors
> like the K6 and K7 (I think) or higher and i686 is for
> your common or garden Pentiums and Celerons. I think
> later AMDs are 686 too but I might be wrong.
> Corrections again welcome.

i586 is for the Intel Pentium (as released circa 1994), and later compatible 
models from Intel, AMD, et al. i686 refers to for Pentium II and later.

I vaguely remember Intel having a minor disgreement with the kernel developers 
a while back because they wanted one of their new chips (forget which) to be 
show up in Linux as an i786 rather than just another varient of i686. :)


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