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On the Android-x86 download page, the following are listed. What is the difference between these? And which one to download to install on, for e.g., an Intel-based PC (i5)? Thank you very much.

android-x86-9.0-rc2.i686.rpm 
android-x86-9.0-rc2.iso 
android-x86-9.0-rc2.x86_64.rpm 
android-x86_64-9.0-rc2-k49.iso 
android-x86_64-9.0-rc2.iso
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  • Technically all of those files are compatible with your device. – Ramhound Jan 23 '20 at 12:18
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Naming: (android-x86)-(android_version)-(release_version)_(cpu_architecture or Kernel Version).rpm

i686 = 32 Bit

x86_64 = 64 Bit

k49 = Android Kernel 4.9

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    What is the kernel version of the non-k49 iso, and how would one decide which kernel version to use? – joe Aug 14 '20 at 7:46
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    @joe Later versions now explain it in the release notes: android-x86.org/releases/releasenote-7-1-r5.html "Except the images built with kernel 4.9 as before (the first four files), we also provide experimental images built with kernel 4.19 (the last two files) [suffix k419]. If you have newer devices not supported by kernel 4.9, you may try the kernel 4.19 version." – fzbd May 10 at 12:48
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What is the difference between these?

Released Files

This release contains five files. You can choose one of these files depends on your devices. Most modern devices should be able to run the 64-bit ISO. For older devices with legacy BIOS, you may try the 32-bit ISO.

  • 64-bit ISO: android-x86_64-9.0-rc2.iso

    sha1sum: af05f7f28c613f6975be519b2fdd6ae4c0482a02

  • 32-bit ISO: android-x86-9.0-rc2.iso

    sha1sum: 3a94d0886f998c0b0af8d88b2d99dca7d077388f

  • 64-bit rpm: android-x86-9.0-rc2.x86_64.rpm

    sha1sum: f4c67d8e580903b8ef2034ae442b2945f4a911a8

  • 32-bit rpm: android-x86-9.0-rc2.i686.rpm

    sha1sum: 8ee0f575cec2e2d468ababd8ec99d70663d9a50f

  • 64-bit ISO with kernel 4.9: android-x86_64-9.0-rc2-k49.iso

    sha1sum: 4279f5a0a8f37ae340e6fff5f8542352da464bf0

    Recommended for VMware users

To use an ISO file, Linux users could just dump it into a usb drive to create a bootable usb stick like:

dd if=android-x86_64-9.0-rc2.iso of=/dev/sdX

where /dev/sdX is the device name of your usb drive.

Windows users can use the tool Win32 Disk Imager to create a bootable usb stick.

Please read this page about how to install it to the device.

Except the traditional ISO files, we also package android-x86 files into a Linux package rpm. It allows Linux users to easily install the release into an existing Linux device with a standalone ext4 root partition.

Source Release 9.0-rc2 | Android-x86

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  • So what is the difference between these? (Other than sha1sum and titles of those?) Thank you very much. – spcsLrg Jan 23 '20 at 17:09
  • What is not clear about the answer? There are 32 and 64 bit versions, a version for VMWare users, a Windows version, and ISO and rpm versions ... – DavidPostill Jan 23 '20 at 17:11

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