Sunday, 13 May 2018

Re: Proposal: Let's drop i386

On May 13, 2018 7:58:05 AM PDT, Jeremy Bicha <> wrote:
>On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 12:40 PM, Tobin Davis <>
> Are
>> we talking about dropping Ubuntu x86 images or i386 packages from the
>> If the former, I don't see an issue here, as the subs (Lubuntu, core,
>> can still build release images.
>The primary Ubuntu flavor already stopped creating 32-bit ISOs before
>18.04 LTS. At a minimum, I think this discussion is about whether
>*any* official Ubuntu flavor should offer official 32-bit ISOs
>starting now with 18.10.

And maybe more appropriately whether Canonical will be providing the infrastructure to build them?

> we don't support cross-grading from 32-bit to 64-bit.

Indeed and it's ridiculously difficult. I tried it with multi-arch and it would simply take a lot of extra effort to convert all the packages. Changing kernels is easy but that's a small part of the problem.

But a fresh install using the existing $HOME would do the trick. Just make sure to have a `dpkg -l` to restore all the packages. Should be pretty easy, no?
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