Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Re: Installation Media and supportability of i386 in 18.04 LTS Re: Ubuntu Desktop on i386

Hi,

Excuse the top posting, only have a phone available.

Ubuntu MATE works with a few organisations around the world, one in my own country, that refurbish donated computers, install them with Ubuntu MATE and give (or sell them for next to nothing) to schools, disadvantaged families and people who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford a computer.

I'll get in touch with them and find how, or if, this decision would affect them.

I saw a mention of armhf in this discussion. Does this proposal put the armhf archive in jeopardy?

Regards, Martin.

On 29 Jun 2016 8:02 a.m., "Jeremy Bicha" <[email protected]> wrote:
On Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 4:08 PM, Seth Arnold <[email protected]> wrote:
> I propose that 16.04 LTS should be the last release with i386 support.
> That way we don't leave anyone with a choice of (a) keep running
> known-insecure 17.10 in 2018 or (b) figure out how to do a downgrade
> back to 16.04 LTS.

+1 Dropping the i386 install disk is much better immediately after an
LTS instead of immediately before.

> I'm not sure how we acheive this specific goal but I think we shouldn't
> encourage i386 (or armhf?) users off of 16.04 LTS.

We can tell update-manager and do-release-upgrade to not allow
upgrading i386 with an explanation of why. That should send a big
signal that it is no longer officially supported.

Jeremy

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