A Call For Ending 32-bit Ubuntu Desktop ISOs

Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 1 February 2016 at 05:36 PM EST. 69 Comments
Ubuntu developer Dimitri John Ledkov has started a public conversation about dropping the Ubuntu Desktop i386 ISOs in favor of focusing resources on the 64-bit Ubuntu desktop.

Dimitri's proposal is about ending 32-bit Ubuntu Desktop ISOs and would not affect other flavors of Ubuntu and the 32-bit multi-arch packages would still be maintained. He argues that all currently shipped hardware that's fast enough to handle the Unity desktop is likely x86_64 while being with i386-only hardware in 2016 are unlikely even able to run the latest Ubuntu desktop releases with a fluid experience.

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Thus he's started a public discussion about ending the Ubuntu Desktop 32-bit ISOs via the Ubuntu-devel list.

For years there has been calls to end Ubuntu for x86 32-bit to not much avail. However, with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS coming up, it would be a perfect last release to afterwards end the 32-bit official Ubuntu desktop ISOs. Those with old x86 hardware could either stick to an LTS release or try out an alternative flavor like Xubuntu/Lubuntu or another distribution.
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