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  • Ubuntu Developer Talks Down Impact Of 32-Bit Changes For Ubuntu 19.10

    Phoronix: Ubuntu Developer Talks Down Impact Of 32-Bit Changes For Ubuntu 19.10

    Following Valve saying they won't be officially supporting Ubuntu 19.10 and Wine developers questioning their Ubuntu 32-bit builds following the announcement this week of not providing new 32-bit packages for new Ubuntu releases, longtime Ubuntu developer and Canonical employee Steve Langasek is trying to provide some clarity into the situation...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...2-Bit-Comments

  • #2
    i find it strange that this statement comes right after they tried those GOG games on 64 bit only ubuntu.
    Valve also gave up on them.
    seems that they realize that they made a huge mistake and not they try to prevent the damage that they will suffer from this.

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    • #3
      Damage control.

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      • #4
        I respect their decision, but I wish they would have given a little more notice. It would be nice if they'd extend support up through Ubuntu 20.04 and freeze the version there. That would give Valve and all others affected more time to figure things out.

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        • #5
          So Multilib is going to be supported by enabling 18.04 repos inside 19.10, yeah that sounds like a wonderful idea /sarcasm

          So glad I don't use Ubuntu. I wonder if System 76 will follow that way with Pop!_OS or build the packages themselves? I know people are hoping Valve goes with Pop for the new offical distro, but I kinda hope they don't. I love what System 76 is doing for linux and I like my laptop that I have from them (even though its not supported by them anymore, no firmware/bios updates for the lemur 5 (broadwell) model). I just don't care for their lack of the more linux friendly AMD gpus. I'm sure Pop!_OS supports AMD gpus perfectly fine and I know Steams userbase is made up of more Nvidia users. I just wish that them a linux hardware vendor supported the more open source friendly gpu maker. /rant

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          • #6
            So instead of the latest Mesa 19.1, there will be the old 18.2 version for all 32-bit apps (games)? Seriously, Canonical?

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            • #7
              The explanation "What we are dropping is updates to the i386 libraries, which will be frozen at the 18.04 LTS versions" by Steve Langasek means that users won't be able to upgrade to newer GPUs because the i386 libraries frozen to their year-2019 state will only support GPUs released in 2019 or before. Users won't be able to easily run 32-bit legacy OpenGL/Vulkan apps after buying a new GPU in 2020+.

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              • #8
                Deleted, because brainfuck
                Last edited by MoonMoon; 06-23-2019, 12:04 PM.

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                • #9
                  The damage is done, I suppose... without acknowledging a mistake, they won't be able to fix this, I can't see why they believe that there might be an acceptable workaround.

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                  • #10
                    20.04 is over a year out. They already have 18.04 for 10 years. At what point are they supposed to draw the line? This is the slowest 'shake the tree' that they can possibly do.

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