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Bug#575012: x86 architecture names are confusing

On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 10:09:24PM +0100, Frans Pop wrote:
> tags 575012 wontfix
> severity 575012 wishlist
> thanks
> 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.

The two places I see these long names are the installation guide and the
release notes.  Download pages all seem to use the short names, but that's
a different bug.

Tagging this 'wontfix' is simply obstructive, given you agree this should
be fixed - even if not immediately.


Ben Hutchings
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.
                                                              - Albert Camus

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