For what architecture is the desktop edition CD being sold in the canonical store?

Asked by Nick Bowler on 2009-11-17

I asked this on the store's support form, but they told me it was a
technical question and should be asked here.

I'm looking at the Ubuntu 9.10 desktop edition CDs in the store, but I
cannot figure out what architecture the CDs being sold are for.

The server edition clearly says amd64, but the desktop edition just says
"most PCs", whatever that means.

I assume it's for one of i686 or amd64 or maybe even both on one CD, but
which is it? Maybe it's i586 or even i486?


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Cristi Nistor (cristi-nistor) said : #1

The package with amd64 in its name is for the 64 bit architecture (Intel or not) and i386 id for the 32 bit architecture (Intel or not).

Good luck

Nick Bowler (nbowler) said : #2

I am wondering about a specific product, namely the one sold here:

Unfortunately, it does not have "amd64" or "i386" in its name — it would be
wonderful if it did.

Cristi Nistor (cristi-nistor) said : #3

The desktop edition is "i386". If you take a look at server edition you'll see that is for 64 bit architecture.

More details here: and here:

You can download and burn an image on a CD and use test and/or install Ubuntu.

Good luck.

Nick Bowler (nbowler) said : #4

I'm still slightly confused. suggests that there are two different desktop edition CDs — i386 and amd64, and two different server edition CDs — again i386 and amd64. does not appear to mention the CDs sold in the Canonical store at all.

From your last comment, I gather that the CDs available for purchase in the Canonical store are the i386 desktop edition and the amd64 server edition CDs, while the amd64 desktop edition and the i386 server edition CDs are not available from the store. Is this correct?

Cristi Nistor (cristi-nistor) said : #5

Yes, you might said that. The comment for the i386 is 'For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Choose this if you are at all unsure'. I also have a Desktop Edition of 9.04 version CD and is definitely the 32-bit version.

Nick Bowler (nbowler) said : #6

Okay, thank you. It's sad that I can't purchase nicely packaged amd64 CDs for a gifts.