i686 CPU Compatibility

Frank Shute frank at shute.org.uk
Wed Dec 17 11:30:17 PST 2008

On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 12:29:02PM +0100, Wojciech Puchar wrote:
> >7.0 is perfectly stable and is recommended for production use. It's not
> >bleeding edge code. That's 8.0-CURRENT which is NOT for production use.
> >Unless you have a particular reason for using 6.x I would go with 7.0 It's
> >fully tested.
> nothing is ever fully tested ;) but yes, 7.0 can be classified stable. i 
> would recommend 7.1-BETA install as some bugs are fixed there

If the original poster has fairly new hardware, then he might like to
go with 7.1-RC1.

This has got fixes for newer NICs and graphic cards - after all 7.0 is
about a year old.

If my memory serves me well, it's fairly rare to have bug fixes
between the release candidates & the final release, so he shouldn't
have too many problems with it.

I just installed 7.1-BETA on a laptop when 7.0 was a no-go because it
didn't support the NIC (realtek, I think) and the GPU (Nvidia 8600 M)
using the nv driver.

My advice on the i386 v AMD64 question is if your memory is 4GB or
over (or likely to be in the future) use AMD64, otherwise take your
pick. i386 has better support for Flash and proprietary Nvidia driver
which might matter. I'm assuming the CPU supports the 64 bit
extensions, if not, you have to use i386.




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