32/64 bit recommended decision rehash this vUDS?

Ho Wan Chan smartboyhw at gmail.com
Tue Aug 20 06:58:38 UTC 2013

Hello Bryan,

It would be a good idea if we can make 64-bit the default download for
Ubuntu 13.10. With the addition of Mir, Qt 5 technology and stuff, it
will make sense for Ubuntu to switch.

However, killing 32-bit support is too out of the blue. We currently
still see phones built on x86 architecture, and many computers are
still running 32-bit. I don't think we can ditch 32-bit even after
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS...

Howard Chan (smartboyhw)
Ubuntu Member

2013/8/20 Bryan Quigley <gquigs+u at gmail.com>:
> Hi all,
> I was wondering if anyone wanted to take another look at recommending 64 bit
> instead of 32 bit for 13.10?
> I did a survey on planet ubuntu on the current computers that need for 32
> bit [1].  I would only propose that we default to recommend 64 bit on the
> Ubuntu website for 13.10.  The biggest item pushing us there is that newer
> machines will need 64 bit to work (EUFI).
> Ubuntu server (13.04) already defaults to 64 bit only (unless you manually
> go to releases.u.c).  As for what other distros are doing; only Fedora
> defaults to 64 bit only.  Most others show both without a preference (Debian
> recommends a multiarch image).
> I would also like it if we could start planning a bit further out.  When
> would we be the last LTS release with 32 bit support*?  If we start the
> discussion now we can make it easier for people to plan around us.
> Let me know if there is interest and I'll quickly put a blueprint together.
> Kind regards,
> Bryan Quigley
> * To me this means last one with images built and kernels.  Obviously we
> would need to keep 32 bit libraries etc for things like Steam.
> [1] http://bryanquigley.com/crazy-ideas/survey-results
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