Intel Kernels

What is the difference between i386, i586 and i686 kernels?
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They are each optimized for the different processors. Compiling to a lower processor (e.g. a 386) will still run on a 586 or above machine as they are backwardly compatible. 386 is the common denominator in all modern PC processors so is the very safest bet if using something strange (like a cyrix)

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mpace110399Author Commented:
I have since learned that
i386 = Intel 386
i586 = Intel Pentium
i686 = Intel Pentium II and celeron
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