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Canonical (Ubuntu) to drop support for 32-bit x86 architecture

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Starting with Ubuntu 19.10, i386 32 bit processors will no longer be supported.

Just another kick in the butt for those of us who prefer to live in the stoneage  :(
Think of all those perfectly good PC's & Laptop's consigned to landfill when there users were perfectly happy with them!

It might be worth mentioning that the most recent LTS (long-term support) release, Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS, won't reach end of life until 2028.

And of course all those older releases aren't turning into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight (for those who do need to run older, no longer supported, hardware).

Unfortunately it is not that simple, the 98% of Ubuntu installs are on amd64, so x86 has a less than 2% user share, with no prospect of growth or high revenue client uptake, as opposed to arm64 or power

The continued maintenance of the support of a whole architecture however is quite expensive, so dropping the support is undoubtedly the best thing

The people that still want to run i386 with a modern supported os should put their wallets where their mouth is and pay for the support themselves (or in alternative do it themselves as it all is open source), however I doubt anyone is inclined to do so.

It's just the distro, there are a plethora of distros, and so long as Linux itself can be compiled for i386 (it will be a long time before /that/ happens) you can always find SOME distro that supports i386 (or you can just spin your own set of packages)


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