Shall we drop i386 / 32-bit? If you think no, please test

Valorie Zimmerman valorie.zimmerman at
Thu Jun 29 22:52:35 UTC 2017

Amen to what Aaron said. Without testing, we *cannot* keep it, because
we can't guarantee a quality project. I personally do not have time to
set up 32-bit VMs to do minimum testing. We rely on those who *want*
32-bit to help support it.

Naturally, this is only for *Kubuntu*, not Ubuntu server or any other
flavor. Some of them still support 32-bit, and some do not. Those who
dropped it did so because they did not get good test coverage.

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On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 2:24 PM, Aaron Honeycutt
<honeycuttaaron3 at> wrote:
> We need people to test 32 bit if we can deliver a stable product.
> On Jun 29, 2017 5:21 PM, <accessys at> wrote:
>> and there are a LOT of folks that are not able to continually upgrade.
>> 32bit will likely remain for many more years.  dropping support is sure
>> fire way to drive folks away from Linux/Kubuntu.
>> Bob
>> On Thu, 29 Jun 2017, David Fletcher wrote:
>>> Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:07:05 +0100
>>> From: David Fletcher <dave at>
>>> To: kubuntu-users at
>>> Subject: Re: Shall we drop i386 / 32-bit? If you think no, please test
>>> On Thu, 2017-06-29 at 13:33 -0700, Valorie Zimmerman wrote:
>>>> If we don't get complete test coverage on the i386 test cases, I
>>>> think
>>>> we should drop it now. the KCI doesn't build the images, we get no
>>>> questions about 32-bit any more, and it is in general a pain to
>>>> support.
>>>> Is there any reason to keep it?
>>>> Valorie
>>> I'm running a headless server with 32 bit hardware but nothing 32 bit
>>> with a GUI. I guess I could replace the motherboard but it seems like a
>>> sinful waste to throw away perfectly good working hardware that
>>> continues to do its job perfectly well.
>>> Dave F


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