How long will 64bit Ubuntu users have to wait?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Sep 29 19:49:10 BST 2006

On Sat, Sep 23, 2006 at 12:52:34AM -0500, Kilz _ wrote:
> >On Fri, Sep 22 Matt Zimmerman wrote I'm not an industry analyst; I'm sure 
> >you could find predictions based on real data which would be better than 
> >any answer I can give at the moment.
> Yes, but I'm interested in what you as a Ubuntu developer think, because 
> industry analysts dont develop for Ubuntu and have very little top do with 
> deciding when to give the 64bit version more attention.

My personal feeling is that, at present, our development resources are
better spent on improvements which benefit all desktop users than on browser
plugins and WINE for x86_64.

> >On Fri, Sep 22 Matt Zimmerman You are correct.  However, that is not 
> >Ubuntu's only goal (if it were,
> >Ubuntu would look a lot more like Windows), and there are many 
> >complementary
> >ways of achieving it.
> One of the reason I asked that is because there is a sticky in the 64bit 
> section of the forums. The users have listed what is conciderd by users to 
> be the key missing things. Are the developers aware of this sticky? Maybe 
> multiarch isnt in the plans for a few versions yet, if at all. Is it 
> possible to get those applications if we cant have multiarch? I dont really 
> see newbies doing some of the things required to install some of the stuff.

I cannot speak for all Ubuntu developers, but I am personally unaware of
this page.

Regarding multiarch and specific 32-bit applications, I think I've explained
the situation in depth already.

 - mdz

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