Dropping i386 non-PAE as a supported kernel flavour in Precise Pangolin

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Thu Nov 10 17:01:54 UTC 2011

On Nov 10, 2011 10:15 AM, "Tim Gardner" <tim.gardner at canonical.com> wrote:

> As far as I can tell there hasn't been a mass produced non-PAE cpu in
over 5 years that we (as a distro) care about. The consumer grade
electronics lifecycle is _well_ below 5 years. Furthermore, the distro
focus has been desktop with high performance 3D graphics and servers. Where
do non-PAE CPUs fit in that world? There are better distro choices to fill
that niche.

Among gamer nerds or among people whose needs ubuntu can actually fill: the
ones who just need a web browser and a word processor?

My experience with the latter group is that until the hardware craps out,
they have no intention of spending money on a new one. Dad got rid of the
pentium 2 when the motherboard died less than a year ago. Mom still has a c
2002 system running Ubuntu, and I'm pretty sure the last time any of their
friends asked me to fix a windows blue screen it was well over 5 years old

Computers are replaced as frequently as refrigerators by people who don't
care how quickly it loads a page or makes ice: when it stops turning on.

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