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Re: Touchscreen Ultrabooks running Debian?

Carl Fink wrote:
> Facundo Aguirre wrote:
> > >From http://www.debian.org/ports/amd64/:
> > 	The port consists of a kernel for all AMD 64bit CPUs with
> > 	AMD64 extension and all *Intel CPUs* with Intel 64 extension,
> > 	and a common 64bit userspace.
> Thank you. Also, what a terrible idea! Is that stupid and confusing name
> chosen by the Debian kernel team, or upstream?

The name is amd64 because AMD developed it.  The author gets the honor
of naming it.  AMD64 was chosen by Intel for Intel cpus when Intel
decided to produce chips to AMD's specification.  Of course Intel
would prefer to downplay this but it is what it is.  You may be buying
an Intel Core i5 but the architecture is the AMD64 architecture.

The same was true for years in reverse when AMD produced chips to
Intel's specification.  If you had a IA-32 AMD k7 Athlon cpu the
correct kernel was the Intel i686 kernel for it.  Same for Cyrix,
Transmeta, and VIA chips.  This is the same thing.  The companies do
often leap-frog each other.  Competition is good for consumers.  VIA
and others also make chips with the amd64 architecture.  The Debian
kernel string refers to the architecture not to the vendor that
produced the chip because there are many vendors producing the same

Intel also produces their own 64-bit architecture called IA-64 known
as Itanium.  Those systems are usually only found in high-end servers.
They are rarely seen by consumers of low-end systems.  A common
confusion is people trying to load IA-64 software onto a non-Itanium
system.  Of course that can't work.  However if Intel had been able to
market this architecture into the low-end consumer market then it
would be conceivable that we would all be running IA-64 systems
instead of AMD64 systems.  But that didn't happen.

I have been enjoying the influx of ARM cpus due to their more
efficient power envelope.  In the end will the ARM architecture be
more dominant?  Who can know the future before it is written?  It is
positioned well for it.


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