Dropping pre-i686 from the archive

Oliver Grawert ogra at ubuntu.com
Tue Jan 10 22:09:02 GMT 2006

Am Dienstag, den 10.01.2006, 10:42 -0800 schrieb Matt Zimmerman:
> As a user of just such an embedded system with Ubuntu, my personal bias is
> to preserve this compatibility.  My understanding is that we would gain the
> following in exchange for abandoning support for these low-end platforms:
> - Some simplicity in glibc packaging (no more libc6-i686)
> - The possibility of a small performance benefit for higher-end systems,
>   though this is notoriously tricky to measure and we have no useful data
> Personally, being able to run Ubuntu on low-end platforms seems worth more
> to me.  µbuntu doesn't exist yet, and it's not clear to me that it would be
> worthwhile to rebuild the entire archive for it.
as the guy who gets asked nearly daily about the possibility to run
pentium I and 486 systems as thin clients with edubuntu i very strongly
oppose this step ... especially backwards compatibility to such lowend
systems gains us a lot of users in poorer countries, please keep at
least 586 comaptibility.

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