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

Valorie Zimmerman valorie.zimmerman at
Fri Jun 30 21:37:09 UTC 2017

Hi folks, we did not get the testing coverage we needed for the Alpha
1, so there is no Alpha 1i386  Kubuntu Artful image. We haven't pulled
it entirely however: next month is Alpha 2, and there will again be a
chance for those of you who want i386 to be released, to do the
testing before the deadline.

I agree that the next LTS is will be an important decision point.
18.04 due to be released next April will be an LTS. It will again be
in the hands of those in the Kubuntu community who want i386 to be
released, to test. Without test coverage, I cannot in good conscience
as the Release Manager give the go-ahead to publish. Nor do I have the
time to personally do the testing for a build I do not and probably
never will use.

Kubuntu is produced by the community. None of us are paid; all of us
work on a volunteer basis. We rely on the community for testing, for
bug reports, for bug triage, for writing, promotion, publicity, for
donations -- in short, for everything.

If you enjoy using Kubuntu, please consider how you can bump up your
contribution a bit, and keep us healthy and growing.


Artful Kubuntu Release Manager

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 5:38 AM, xeros <xeros at> wrote:
> I still have 2 32-bit i386 systems running older *ubuntu - one Pentium 4
> desktop with Kubuntu (used mostly by my children) and one very old laptop
> with Celeron 366MHz with Xubuntu and LXDE. I don't want to loose support for
> them yet. I just miss time for testing all releases.
> Additionally, I have newer, but really low-end 64-bit laptop that has power
> management & other drivers problems under any native Linux distros, so I
> keep 32-bit Kubuntu & Mint virtualized with Virtualbox seamless desktop on
> top of Windows 10, that uses less resources than 64-bit versions.
> Maybe if you really want to drop 32-bit support, could you at least still
> keep those builds for LTS releases?
> Regards,
> Tom
> Dnia 30 czerwca 2017 12:56:36 Clay Weber <clay at> napisaƂ(a):
>> The lack of testers, the lack of bug reports, and the lack of response
>> here seem to indicate that i386 users in our community are a rather tiny
>> group. One that is likely shrinking even more.
>> The short lifespans of non-LTS releases do not help, either. Perhaps
>> dropping support now may  be the best time to pull the plug.On Jun 29, 2017
>> 4:33 PM, Valorie Zimmerman <valorie.zimmerman at> wrote:
>>> Hello folks, Art Alpha 1 is released today: release notes:
>>> Please report test results here:
>>> 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

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