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

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Tue Jul 19 17:24:59 UTC 2016

One issue in audio is that huge numbers of older 32 bit machines considered
"slower than smartphones" for huge, JS heavy websites and Internet video are
still as good for audio work as they ever were. The very first Pentium 4's were
able to run things like Audacity with no video rendering glitches for realtime
spectrum display, and back on 2004 I even did audio news reports on an 
original Pentium laptop and in another location on Pentium II's. On those
machines realtime spectrum display lagged badly but the recordings were fine.

On the other hand, using a phone for editing news audio would not be fun ay
all as fingers are not high precision pointers.

This being so, there is no reason for any existing set of dedicated audio workstations
to be replaced on grounds of hardware age unless they either deal with online (and 
overweight)  websites or have physically died of component failure. 

Newer distros may well decide to target newer machines simply to limit the range they
have to support, but if this is so the value of backporting newer editing programs into older
distros (as optional not mandatory updates) rises a lot.

On 7/19/2016 at 12:45 PM, "Set Hallstrom" <set at ubuntustudio.org> wrote:
>Thanks for reaching out!
>On 2016-07-11 20:50, Bryan Quigley wrote:
>> *Wait until after 18.04 and then reconsider dropping i386*
>This is what i am in favor of.
>That is: I am also in favor of keeping 32bit version. I also value 
>ecological aspect of reusing old machines, and motivating friends 
>acquaintances to reuse their old machine as an excuse to introduce 
>to FLOSS, as Len and Yoshi express. Given the small size of the 
>i'm sure we would save a lot of sweat by dropping 32-bit. But i 
>that argument says more about the work we need to do to repopulate 
>team, than what system we should support or not.
>On that note, i'd like to say: Welcome to the list, Yoshi. :)
>Set Hallstrom aka sakrecoer

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