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Why does the 32-bit operation system I downloaded appear as i686?

asked 2018-01-01 14:26:26 -0500

Yiji Tang gravatar image

updated 2018-01-05 05:32:57 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

I downloaded Fedora 26 Workstation Edition 32-bit version from the official website, the file name of which is end with i386. I have finished installation and am now running it normally. However, at the boot screen the system is shown as Fedora (4.11.8-300.fc26.i686+PAE) 26 (Workstation Edition), in which i686 appeared instead of i386!

I suspect that the 64-bit operating system is installed anyway. Please suggest the solution if anyone knows. Sincerely Jan 1st 2018

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answered 2018-01-01 15:59:27 -0500

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Welcome to ask.fedora. The .iso is referred to as i686 because that was a common, generic name for the P6 family of chips) and the name's been retained as a matter of convenience. You have a PAE kernel and system because your CPU is capable of using 64-bit addresses and Fedora installs a PAE kernel automatically when this is true, so that you can make use of more than 4GB of RAM without migrating to a 64-bit system. Don't worry, you don't have a full 64-bit system, and that's easy to check.

sudo dnf list installed | grep .x86_64

will get you a list of all 64-bit packages you have installed. In all probability, there won't be any to list.

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There should be no x86_64 packages on this system. There is zero probability of this happening in a correctly installed system.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2018-01-05 05:34:39 -0500 )edit

I agree; I asked the poster to check merely to show that he doesn't have a 64 bit system.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2018-01-05 18:01:42 -0500 )edit

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