Installation Media and supportability of i386 in 18.04 LTS Re: Ubuntu Desktop on i386

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Tue Jul 12 15:52:23 UTC 2016

On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 12:17:48PM -0400, Bryan Quigley wrote:
> * Keep a small amount of i386 libs/apps in 18.10+ including whatever
> it takes to build/run Wine (but drop the majority of packages)

I'd just like to point out that any solution involving selective package
building will likely be a nightmare to maintain at both the Launchpad
and Foundations level; we've always steered well clear of doing this for
ports in the past and we have nothing like the infrastructure needed to
control selective building in a sensible way (adding explicit
Architecture fields to several thousand source packages doesn't count as
"sensible").  Of course what you choose to *support* is a quite
different matter.

I would strongly prefer to keep the port building as normal, but
deemphasise it in whatever ways are useful to discourage people from
using it, and perhaps not worry too much about failures further up the

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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