Bug#611830: [www.debian.org] please update /ports/ WRT to amd64 ("EM64T") and ppc64
On Fri, Feb 04, 2011 at 12:36:43PM -0500, Filipus Klutiero wrote:
> >I think we also need to update name to "32-bit PC (i386)" and "64-bit PC
> >(amd64)" in line with new release notes.
> > http://www.debian.org/releases/testing/releasenotes
> > http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/
> >to reduce confusion.
> Hi Osamu,
> I actually filed this report when reviewing the release notes. I
> found these "PC" descriptions vague/ambiguous. For example, a 32-bit
> PowerPC is not i386. I think we should stick to x86 and x86-64,
> possibly mentioning AMD64 and Intel 64. If not, then precise "IBM PC
> compatible", not just "PC". I suppose release notes writers looked
> at /ports/ and improvised a bit given the current status of /ports/.
See facts behind this at
PC has its origin as a short form for IBM PC. We know it is not
precise. But it is used as an unbranded genric word. Actual IBM PC is
not good enough for Debian. It has to be newer than IBM PC-AT
architecture and now CPU needs to be I thought 486 or newer (no more 386
support). Pedantic usage of "IBM PC compatible" makes things more
"IBM PC-AT compatible and its decendants family with i486 or newer CPU"
is what "i386" arch means. Instead of making things too complicated, a
generic "PC" is used with instruction set width.
(I think we only have 486 and 686 kernel images as I remember. The text
on 386 may need attention. Kernel package use "x86" these days in its
description to avoid false impression coming from "i386".)
Apple was usually called Apple, Mac, ... as I remember colloquially.