different versions of suse ...

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 i586
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 i486
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 i386

pls let me know what is the diff between these version numbers.

currently im using (personal machine) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 i586
Is this version using with normal PCs !

The numerical suffix is for differing hardware platforms.

If you insist on the Novell product, you could use the Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop version.

If you want a personal desktop with lots of packages and toys and much more functional ability, then you would use an openSUSE distribution, perhaps openSUSE 11 in whatever flavor you like. Download a LiveCD and you can boot it without installing to hard drive and see if you like it.


Yes, you are running the right distro release.

I won’t pay much attention to that unless you were interested in knowing the nitty-gritty detailed differences among the intel family 32 bits processors.

As a matter of fact, Novell seems to have obviated that when shipping SLES 10 and uses the term x86 to refer to all the distro releases built around the 32 bits family of x386 processors comming from both main processor vendors in this arena, Intel and Amd , as you can see in this page:

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10: Tech Specs & System Requirements

Appart form that, this used to be a relatively important factor to be taken into account several years ago when you had an old system featuring a 80386 or 80486 processor and wanted to be sure that the stock kernel included in the distro was built without any instructions in the extension set of a higher family not supported by the old processor.
Another case was when building a new kernel. Back in the nineties, you could easily find systems using processors based in 386, 486 and 586 (pentium like) in the same production environment. At that time, building a new kernel was a common admin task, and you had the chance to fine tune your kernel and take advantage of the most advanced features of the specific processor in your system.
Nowdays it is quite difficult to find systems with 386 and 486 processors (I had one until a year ago, ;), when I finally let it go to enjoy its very much deserved unending bliss of heaven).

So, we could say that now they all are 586 systems. This is a very simplistic way of seeing it, but we could say that 586 systems are now what 386 were fifteen years ago, the lowest common denominator for a 32 bits PC compatible machine.
Notice that 64 bits processors are all refered by the term x86_64 in Suse distros.

Anyway, if you are still interested in knowing the details, find here document about the x386 family processor history.

x86 architecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia