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Bug#575012: x86 architecture names are confusing

tags 575012 wontfix
severity 575012 wishlist

On Monday 22 March 2010, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> The current installation and download links referring to 'AMD64'
> sometimes confuse users with Intel x86-64 chips, who instead select
> '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 vendors.
> I recommend the names '32-bit PC' and '64-bit PC'.

It's a known issue and I appreciate your concern, but I'm not going to 
change this exclusively in the installation guide.

The installation guide currently simply follows the terminology used for in 
general for the project.

If it needs to be changed, then it needs to be done (in a coordinated 
fashion) for the whole distribution and not just for a single document.


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