After listening to https://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.
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... 😕
@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.
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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