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Reading lots of anger toward
@ubuntu about the whole 32bit deal and their apparent indecisiveness. Not sure why though. They had a plan, the community fed back, so they re-thought their plan.

I’d much rather that than them ignore the community and carry on regardless.

@kev @ubuntu Honestly, the only way I see it could have been handled better is taking the idea of discontinuation of 32bit support to the community first and asking their opinion. Otherwise, it seems to me this was handled exactly how it should have been handled. No reason to get upset about it.

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@kev

After listening to linuxactionnews.com/111I think it's a quite complicated step. Dropping i386 support is not happening over night and will, due to Ubuntu 18.04 stay around for up to 10 years (9 further). getting rid of it, before the next LTS seems to be a good idea.

It's definitely time to set a termination date for i386, not just from Ubuntu, but other distributions as well.

@ubuntu

@sheogorath @mike @kev @ubuntu

this all makes sense, but i keep thinking in developing countries we get a lot more people who depend on older computers and could benefit from using linux (and, in this case, an easy to learn distribution like ubuntu).

on the other hand, we would hope things would get better in 10 years... 😕

@sheogorath @mike @kev @ubuntu

one quick example: i just gave a friend my old 32bit eeepc and that's her _very first computer_. it can only handle a lightweight linux (or winXP, but let's not go there).

@oliviamaia @sheogorath @mike @kev @ubuntu How powerful is the best 32-bit-only machine? Even some of my oldest machines that are only usable for simple word processing with today's ubuntu, is capable of 64-bit. At one point you need to think if it's worth it to keep supporting every bit of software in 32-bit many years after it became obsolete.

@kev @ubuntu I don't like the outrage either, but I don't see why it'd be better if they ignored the community and stopped supporting 32-bit.

Gaming on Linux is honestly doing great right now. I've entirely stopped rebooting into Windows because it works so well in Ubuntu. Our biggest distro breaking compatibility with games, or requiring people to jump through lots of hoops, would be a huge blow, regardless of how much one dislikes the outrage about it.

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