How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?

Kilz _ kilzzz at
Tue Oct 3 18:19:20 BST 2006

>From: Matt Zimmerman <mdz at>
>To: ubuntu-devel at
>Subject: Re: How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?
>Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 08:23:59 -0700
>On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 07:47:42PM -0500, Kilz _ wrote:
> > >Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:30 PM 	Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > >That said, when you override checks built into the packaging system to
> > >forcibly install packages not intended for your system, it would not be 
> > >all unreasonable for that to stop working with a future version, as you 
> > >knowingly disregarding it.
> >
> > I do believe I replied back asking questions as to why but was not 
> > Perhaps the email got lost. Can you explain why you would like to limit
> > 64bit Ubuntu users ability to modify the operating system installation 
> > their needs. This is especially important now that it has been clarified
> > that multiarch will not be implemented.
> >
> > After these issues are cleared up I will take up no more of this lists 
> > as you prepare for Edgy.
>My statement above should be taken at face value, not with the intent you
>ascribe to it above.
>When you deliberately bypass these basic checks, the fact that it works at
>all is mere chance, and could stop working at any time as the result of
>normal changes in the distribution.  For that reason, and because of direct
>problems caused by this approach, I do not recommend that users follow your
>instructions for force-installing i386 firefox packages on amd64.  It is an
>inappropriate and unsupportable approach.

While the intent may not be there, the end result would be the same. An 
unusable version to a lot of people. I always thought that Linux was about 
offering choices and the ability to customize the experience. To suggest 
that developers could make changes that would limit that is something I 
don't quite understand.
People who are forcing in software do so because they perceive something is 
missing. It would be nice if you could assure 64bit users that you will 
leave the possibility of running 32bit applications open if others do the 
work of packaging these applications.  Because why would anyone do the work 
of making packages that work if in the future you post an update or newer 
version that takes away that functionality?

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