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Re: detecting i386 or x86_64 in kickstart



> >- if you run 32bit kernel on x86_64 it wont report itself as x86_64 but
> >   i686 or athlon, this will cause various places (including anaconda
> 
> Newbie-ish question... what exactly is the difference between i686 and
> x86_64? I imagine athlon is specifically for AMD 64-bit processors?
> 
> Is there a weblink that explains what each of the flags in /proc/cpuinfo
> stands for?
> 
One short answer is that a 32-bit CPU (i386 - Pentium, Athlon, etc.) uses
32-bit addressing, while a 64-bit CPU (x86_64 - Opteron, Itanium, etc.) uses
64-bit addressing -- meaning your OS and applications can address more than 4
GB of memory at one time.

hth,
Klaus


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