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Re: What to buy for Buster?

Erik Josefsson wrote: 
> On 5/24/19 5:12 AM, David Christensen wrote:
> > 
> > If you get a major brand computer with 64-bit Intel Core technology (ca.
> > 2006) or newer, Debian should run on it.
> Great! Thanks!
> The HP Compaq 8200 Elite SFF that I'm about to grab has a Intel Core
> i5-2400S processor.

I have the next generation model of that sitting on my desk at
work. It's perfectly reasonable.

> I browsed the Debian installer pages and as far as I understand I should use
> "other images (netboot, USB stick, etc.)" for the installation, but to me it
> is not obvious if I should use the image for the amd64 or the i386
> architecture:

AMD64 is the name for the modern Intel-and-AMD 64-bit
instruction set; basically all non-antique desktops and 
laptops use it.

(History: Intel decided that 64-bit instruction sets should be
a new architecture, and built a system called Itanium. It was
expensive and slow. Meanwhile, AMD built a reasonable extension
to the existing Intel 32-bit architecture, and Intel eventually
adopted it.

For a while, the Itanium architecture was available as IA64,
which served mostly to confuse people who had bought Intel chips
and wanted 64-bitness.

> My typcal problem. I should know basic stuff like that.

No, you should know how to ask questions and do research. Then you get
to know stuff. That's how I got to know stuff, anyway.