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duncan222
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i386 build

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What exactly is i386 build ?
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That refers to systems built for compatibility with the Intel 80386 series processor. These being a 32-bit microprocessor first introduced in the mid 1980's.

Most systems these days are 64-bit. If you're wanting to install onto an older system you'll likely need a i386 build.
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Re: i386 build

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Thanks, that's clear enough but as you say most people are now using 64 bit systems, if you install an i386 build on to a 64 bit system are you getting the full use out of that system or should you be looking for an alternative to a i386 build.?
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Re: i386 build

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There are a few reasons that I've read about to install a 32 bit version on a 64 bit machine - older drivers is one.

I suggest installing, or at least testing, the 64 bit version on your 64 bit machine. This wikipedia article might help >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64-bit_computing
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@ duncan222: The performance difference is not that exciting. Most users who install 32-bit Mint on a 64-bit system, won't feel much difference. I simply use 64-bit Linux because I can, not because I need to.
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Re: i386 build

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AlbertP wrote:@ duncan222: The performance difference is not that exciting. Most users who install 32-bit Mint on a 64-bit system, won't feel much difference. I simply use 64-bit Linux because I can, not because I need to.
Using email, web, and office application there's probably not much discernable difference, however if you're planning on video, photo, or audio editing, or large scale database manipulation, or are a developer planning on compiling programs 64 bit is a definitely a better choice
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Re: i386 build

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pfeiffep wrote:There are a few reasons that I've read about to install a 32 bit version on a 64 bit machine - older drivers is one.
Very true. I recently disposed of an early edition Athlon 64 based system. On it 32-bit versions simple ran smoother which I suspect was largely due to legacy drivers.

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