12.04 LTS: 64-bit desktop by default?

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at ubuntu.com
Thu Apr 19 03:13:15 UTC 2012

On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 11:31:47AM +0200, Rolf Kutz wrote:
> On 17/04/12 16:17 -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> >Additionally, as mentioned in this thread, the message presented to users
> >when they try to boot a 64-bit image on a 32-bit machine is jargon-y
> >("kernel"; "x86_64").  A bug has been filed about this and should be fixed
> >soon, but I don't think it makes sense for us to commit to 64-bit by default
> >in the current state.

> Maybe there could be a message on 32Bit Ubuntu
> ınforming the user about the 64 Bit option, if it
> finds a suitable system with enough RAM.

That sounds like an interesting idea.  We already have some tools along
these lines, to warn about things like failing to use the CPU's NX flag (on
servers) or notifying users of battery recalls (on laptops).  Maybe this is
something that could be integrated into the live environment for 12.10?

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
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