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When should i386 support for Ubuntu end? Help Canonical decide

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Are you running i386 (32-bit) Ubuntu? We need your help to decide how much longer to build i386 images of Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and all the flavors.

There is a real cost to support i386 and the benefits have fallen as more software goes 64-bit only.

Please fill out the survey ONLY if you currently run i386 on one of your machines. 64-bit users will NOT be affected by this, even if you run 32-bit applications.

You can read the discussion that promoted this here. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Ehvis 29 Jun, 2016
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I can hardly remember using 32 bit on my desktop. The only thing that used that for a while was my old netbook, which hasn't seen power at least two years. There is almost no support from new games. So, considering that 16.04 LTS will be supported until 2021, dropping it is probably the right thing to do.
Akamanah 29 Jun, 2016
Drop x86 support - it is very bad decision.
Linas 29 Jun, 2016
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In my humble opinion, Ubuntu on the server is called Debian. But then I may be a bit biased. :)

32 bit is mostly useful for reviving old hardware, but again, Ubuntu is not particularly optimized to be run on legacy hardware, so you are probably better off with a more lightweight distribution anyway.

So in the end, it is not something I am going to lose sleep over.
leillo1975 29 Jun, 2016
I think that Ubuntu 32bits has no sense. Other thing is the light flavours of Ubuntu like Lubuntu and Xubuntu. I manage a lot of old machines (Pentium 4 with 1GB RAM) that with xUbuntu 32bits can do something useful in my job.
GBee 29 Jun, 2016
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Frankly it's hard to believe that 32bit builds have lasted so long.
Linas 29 Jun, 2016
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Quoting: leillo1975I think that Ubuntu 32bits has no sense. Other thing is the light flavours of Ubuntu like Lubuntu and Xubuntu. I manage a lot of old machines (Pentium 4 with 1GB RAM) that with xUbuntu 32bits can do something useful in my job.

That is not how it works. All these Ubuntu flavors are not independent distributions. They are based on the Ubuntu. So if it drops 32 bit support, so do they.
aL 29 Jun, 2016
not sure about ubuntu, but steam is i386-only in debian...

also, the number of installs does not seem negligible at all... with that logic, they should remove support for the rest of the archs with less number of installs... (ie. nearly all of them)

http://popcon.debian.org/

http://popcon.ubuntu.com/

PS: I thought I was out of this, but now i remember my kodi machine is i386... I moved it from ubuntu to debian long ago tho...


Last edited by aL on 29 June 2016 at 11:19 am UTC
boltronics 29 Jun, 2016
Remind me again why we still have i386? Oh yeah, because of the original EeePC which I haven't used as an actual laptop in 6+ years.

But who knows... maybe in a few more years I'll be like "What's this old thing? Oh yeah I vaguely remember using that back in the day. Maybe it'll be fun to do a fresh Ubuntu GNU/Linux install on it just for kicks"... and then I'll be oh so sad because I'll discover Ubuntu dropped support for the i386 architecture. That would suck.

Well there's your answer Canonical; better keep it around!
Seegras 29 Jun, 2016
Quoting: boltronicsRemind me again why we still have i386? Oh yeah, because of the original EeePC ...

... which I use about once every week ;). But I'm running Debian on it. In fact, I run Debian everywhere except on my cellphone.
stan 29 Jun, 2016
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I don’t care what Ubuntu supports as I only use systemd-free distros. I did use Xubuntu 12.04 on a 32 bit laptop for a few years and it worked well (besides the extremely slow Software Center and updates tool). I still have the laptop, not sure what I’m gonna install on it the next time I have a use for it… Hopefully there will still be distros with 32 bit support.
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