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In this case, "Architecture" refers to the computer platform the user wishes to deploy Debian on. In most cases, you should read this page first:

Developers might refer also to ArchitectureSpecificsMemo.

Linux

Still, here's a table describing the status of the various platforms.

Architecture

Manufacturer

Status

Comments

Alpha

HPe (formerly HP, Compaq, Digital)

Unofficial

Arm

Hundreds

Unsupported

NetWinder, NSLU2, ...

Armel

Hundreds

Supported

QNAP, ?SheevaPlug, Raspberry Pi 1

armhf

Hundreds

Supported

Arm v7 32-bit systems; for kernel support see DebianKernel/ARMMP

arm64

Hundreds

Supported

Arm v8 64-bit systems

hppa

HPe (formerly HP)

Unofficial

HP Precision Architecture

i386

Intel, AMD, Cyrix, NSC, Transmeta, VIA

Supported

The original x86 platform. Now requires "686" class CPU.

amd64

AMD, Intel, VIA

Supported

also known as em64t or x86-64.

ia64

Intel, HPe

Unofficial

Itanium (not Intel Core series)

m68k

Freescale (formerly Motorola)

Unofficial

Amiga, !AtariST, very old Macintoshes, some old Sun hardware (sun3)

mips

Cavium, Wave Computing (formerly Imagination, MIPS)

Supported only through Buster

Big-endian 32-bit

mipsel

Cavium, Loongson, Wave Computing (formerly Imagination, MIPS)

Supported

Little-endian 32-bit

mips64el

Cavium, Loongson, Wave Computing (formerly Imagination, MIPS)

Supported

Little-endian 64-bit

PowerPC

IBM, Freescale (formerly Motorola)

Unofficial

Old Macintoshes

PPC64

IBM, Freescale (formerly Motorola)

Unofficial

Old Macintoshes, IBM POWER systems

ppc64el

IBM

Supported

POWER8, POWER9 systems

riscv64

?SiFive, etc.

Unofficial

s390

IBM

Unsupported

BigIron - IBM mainframe platform

s390x

IBM

Supported

Newer BigIron - IBM mainframe platform

SH4

Renesas (formerly Hitachi)

Unofficial

sparc64

Sun, Fujitsu, etc.

Unofficial

x32

AMD, Intel, VIA

Unofficial

32-bit ABI using x86-64 (amd64) ISA.

non-Linux

Architecture

Kernel

Status

Comments

hurd-i386

see TheHurd

Unofficial

Not a hardware platform

netbsd-i386

NetBSD kernel

In progress

Not a hardware platform

netbsd-alpha

NetBSD kernel

In progress

Not a hardware platform

kfreebsd-i386

FreeBSD kernel

Unofficial

Not a hardware platform

kfreebsd-amd64

FreeBSD kernel

Unofficial

Not a hardware platform


CategoryDeveloper CategoryPorts CategoryProposedDeletion: not maintained, duplicates information from elsewhere