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Bug#575761: Bug#575760: x86 architecture names are confusing

On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 21:27:55 +0200, Simon Paillard wrote:

> Hi,
> [CC the other Bug# against release-notes]
> On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 02:52:55AM +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > Package: www.debian.org
> > Severity: normal
> > 
> > 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
> > vendors.
> > 
> > I recommend the names '32-bit PC' and '64-bit PC' - they are not
> > pedantically correct, but people should understand what they mean.
> Or: 32-bit PC (i386) | 64-bit PC (amd64)
> (in order to keep in mind the official name in the archive).
> I fully agree. We received many reports/doubts of users on debian-www.
What's the status here?  Can we make the change in the website and the
squeeze release notes now?  It seems everyone agrees the current names
are confusing and Ben's suggestions would be an improvement.


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