[ubuntu-studio-devel] i386 EOL plans for Ubuntu Studio?

Len Ovens len at ovenwerks.net
Tue Jul 12 02:13:35 UTC 2016

On Mon, 11 Jul 2016, Bryan Quigley wrote:

> Hi Ubuntu Studio team,
>> From the thread on Ubuntu-devel/discuss [1] I'm going to start
> conversations with each flavor on what their plans are for i386 in the
> 18.04 timeframe.
> The general ideas are either:
> *Start Dropping i386 for Ubuntu Studio now*
> A. Drop Ubuntu Studio i386 ISO for 16.10
> B. In addition to A, also block upgrades by dropping packages from
> i386 archive (not sure what would make sense).

How does this affect users who use 32bit wine so they can use the standard 
32bit VST/VSTi? In other words the biggest reason for 32 bit ISOs on 64 
bit machines in Audio I know is to be able to use windows VST and VSTi. 
Aside from using perfectly good HW that would otherwise be thrown away.

Lets look at it anouther way. If I have 5 or 6 pieces of HW that are 32 
bit and 3 that are 64 bit. Then I am forced to find another distro for the 
32 bit machines, what are my reasons for using Ubuntu for the few 64 bit 
machines? How many people have been introduced to Ubuntu by people giving 
new life to older HW with Ubuntu?

Ubuntu, a word that roughly means "inclusivness", is now becoming a 
company that means exclusiveness... if you are poor and have to rely on 
handme downs -> go away.

BTW, the idea of shutting down 32bit archives has rather an interesting 
message for basically any flavour aside from vanilla. It cuts at Lubuntu's 
reason for being... who's next?

I expect in the future maybe we will here nerds say: We can't run linux on 
here any more... maybe try open XT.

As an aside, reading the wiki page 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy) Makes me wonder if there 
isn't more using words with no meaning to make oneself seem impressive and 
mark oneself as a world shaker while actually being nothing of the sort.

Len Ovens

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