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Difference between intel atom and pantium processor

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February 8, 2010 6:16:34 AM

Hello,
can I install Linux in laptop with Intel atom processor?
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a b 5 Linux
February 8, 2010 6:25:57 AM

Yes. Most netbooks have an Atom processor and many of those are supplied with Linux.
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February 8, 2010 2:04:21 PM

Yes, no problem, I'm running on one now. I've heard that Intel's moblin is atom optimized, you might want to look into that, but mint runs fine on my Eee pc.
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February 8, 2010 6:04:08 PM

All x86 and x86_64 distros will run on the atom since it's an x86 / x86_64 CPU but some distros may have problems recognizing all the hardware.

Ubuntu, Fedora, moblin, debian and others should run.

Semper Fi :) 
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a b 5 Linux
February 8, 2010 10:38:42 PM

Note that if you laptop has an older Atom Z series or N200 series CPU it is not compatible with x86_64 distributions.
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February 9, 2010 12:50:35 AM

Yup, "the Atom N2xx and Z5xx series Atom models cannot run x86-64 code" and neither can many of the celerons that preceded the atom in many laptops and netbooks.

A few celerons can run x86-64, is that confusing or what?

Semper Fi :) 
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