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

Khurshid Alam khurshid.alam at
Wed Jul 13 07:14:23 UTC 2016


It's a bit sudden for us. I did not find any prior announcement or 
discussion (before 16.04 release) that Canonical would drop i386 images 
right after 16.04 LTS.

We, at Medo, use Compaq 610 and Dell Vostro (core2duo). Although they 
are capable of running 64 bit software, we use 32 bit images because of 
memory constraint, they all come with only 2GB RAM. And on some older 
hardware we run Ubuntu Mate. We are slowly moving into 64 bit 
computing, but I don't think it will happen before 2018/20.

Our work requires that we stay on latest LTS all the time (and sometime 
on latest non LTS) and honestly we were hoping that we could go on 
using i386 at least till 18.04 LTS without upgrading the hardware. I 
mean I can understand that it can happen after 18.04, but dropping i386 
builds right now? Right from 16.10? it's all a bit sudden.

I hope Canonical is considering small organizations like us and 
analyzing all the options carefully.

Thank You.
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