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Re: HEADS UP - More major build infrastructure changes

From: David Cuthbert <dacut@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2006 02:56:22 -0800

Matthew Dillon wrote:
    I changed it to pc32, to differentiate between 32 and 64 bit
    architectures (e.g. pc32, pc64).

Hmm... PC## is already overloaded -- with PC98 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC-9800)

    x86 isn't really descriptive
    enough.  ia32/ia64 is also a possible name but I want to avoid
    using things that imply 'intel' or 'amd' since there are other
    cpu vendors out there too.

I'd say this is a losing battle. You're trying to find a compromise between describing feature requirements ("Your computer must have at least these features to go on this ride") while trying to avoid confusing the crowd who thinks anything in a beige box is a PC, everything else is a Mac.

(I knew someone who insisted my 386 in college was a Shamrock computer simply because that was the label on the monitor.)

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