Bug#575760: x86 architecture names are confusing
Various pages use the long architecture names 'AMD64' and 'Intel x86'
for our architectures 'amd64' and 'i386'. The name 'AMD64' sometimes
confuses users with Intel x86-64 chips, who instead download the
installer or CD images for ia64. This is a waste of time and
bandwidth for all concerned. The name 'Intel x86' is also inaccurate
in that the i386 architecture runs on 32-bit x86 processors from many
I recommend the names '32-bit PC' and '64-bit PC' - they are not
pedantically correct, but people should understand what they mean.
Whatever you do, please avoid any vendor-specific names (including
'IA32' which is almost unknown outside of Intel manuals).
At least the following pages use these names:
Most other pages using these names appear to be part of the
installation manual or release notes, which can be dealt with
-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
APT prefers proposed-updates
APT policy: (500, 'proposed-updates'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-3-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash