How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Mon Oct 2 23:54:33 BST 2006

On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 12:35:09PM -0500, Kilz _ wrote:
> There are a few questions that I don't think ever got answered. Do you or 
> does anyone have a guess as to when multiarch will make it into Ubuntu in 
> the future? Even in some limited capacity. Will Ubuntu wait indefinitely on 
> Debian to implement it?

I answered this very early in the thread.  There is no plan to implement
multiarch in Ubuntu at the present time.  Circumstances could potentially
arise which would change that situation, but until then, it is not on the

> Secondly you mentioned in another email that the ability to run 32bit 
> packages may be removed at some point. Can you resond here as to why? What 
> purpose would it serve to limit 64bit users ability to modify Ubuntu to 
> their needs? Especialy since there are less packages avilable for 64bit 
> compaired to 32bit.

No, I didn't.  What I said then (and just explained a second time via
private email to you) is that the ia32-libs package would not be installed
by default in edgy, and will likely move from main to universe.

 - mdz

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