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    Phoronix: Ubuntu's SPARC & IA64 Ports Have Been Killed

    A few months back we reported that the IA64 and SPARC versions of Ubuntu were in trouble and would be decommissioned if no individual(s) were to step-up and maintain these ports of Ubuntu Linux for these architectures that are much less popular and common than x86 and x86_64 hardware. Well, there still is no one backing the Intel IA64 and Sun SPARC versions of Ubuntu Linux so they are being dropped completely...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODUxNw

  • #2
    i'm kind of surprised that they would let the sparc drop after recent developments.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by xir_ View Post
      i'm kind of surprised that they would let the sparc drop after recent developments.
      Kinda fits the pattern though. They've been dropping one arch after another.

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      • #4
        Kinda intriguing also that they are encouraging people to stop using x86_64 in favour of x86 too though. XD
        Need proof? http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download "64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
          Kinda intriguing also that they are encouraging people to stop using x86_64 in favour of x86 too though. XD
          Need proof? http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download "64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage"
          I saw that the other day when I had to get an updated ISO. I searched and found a bug report to remove that message which was more or less denied, with the rationale that Flash didn't work on 64 bit well so it was appropriate. Seems ironic when the primary reason for non-64 bit software being the uptake of 64 bit OS's...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
            Kinda intriguing also that they are encouraging people to stop using x86_64 in favour of x86 too though. XD
            Need proof? http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download "64-bit - Not recommended for daily desktop usage"
            I don't recommend 64-bit for daily desktop usage either.

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            • #7
              I've been using 64bit since Nintendo 64 and a 64bit sun ultra 2 it works great

              sparc despite having open blueprints is dead, only jive corporate twits are into it, ia64, forget it

              x86_64 is fantastic

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LightningCrash View Post
                I don't recommend 64-bit for daily desktop usage either.
                Meh, 64bit works fine given you have some distro that handles multilib sanely like eg Fedora, OpenSolaris or (supposedly) Gentoo with multilib overlay.

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                • #9
                  ... or don't use crap that requires 32-bit, and run a pure 64 system.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by curaga View Post
                    ... or don't use crap that requires 32-bit, and run a pure 64 system.
                    Well, the only Flash that works everywhere (on x86 machines) for everything is the 32bit Adobe Flash in a 32bit browser. That's how it's done on Windows, that's how you have to do it if you want a good Flash experience on other operating systems.

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                    • #11
                      There is no such thing as a "good Flash experience". If anything having it installed kills the browsing experience, in the form of hugely annoying ads.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by nanonyme View Post
                        Meh, 64bit works fine given you have some distro that handles multilib sanely like eg Fedora, OpenSolaris or (supposedly) Gentoo with multilib overlay.
                        When a $300 Walmart desktop comes with >32 CPUs or 6GB+ of RAM, I will change my recommendation. For now I just tell people to do 32-bit PAE.
                        Cling until the bitter end!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by curaga View Post
                          There is no such thing as a "good Flash experience". If anything having it installed kills the browsing experience, in the form of hugely annoying ads.
                          Well, if you don't ever run youtube-like services or play Flash games, I understand your opinion. Don't think everyone in the world is like you though. Obviously you can't get a good Flash experience if nothing you like to run is running on Flash.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LightningCrash View Post
                            When a $300 Walmart desktop comes with >32 CPUs or 6GB+ of RAM, I will change my recommendation. For now I just tell people to do 32-bit PAE.
                            Cling until the bitter end!
                            Even if you have 8gig of RAM?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by xenogia View Post
                              Even if you have 8gig of RAM?
                              For regular desktop users, yes.


                              There are exceptions, but most of those people already know they will benefit from 64-bit.
                              ie heavy MySQL users, coders who compile all the time, etc.

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