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

Bryan Quigley bryan.quigley at canonical.com
Tue Jul 19 19:53:39 UTC 2016

Just to be clear this would not obsolete any machines (at least not
yet).  You could still install Lubuntu/Xubuntu and then run Audacity*.
And of course upgrades would still work.

Many of the packages included in Ubuntu Studio do require a certain
amount of power to work well.  Obviously there will still be some
machines that could run it well that are only 32-bit.

A third option to consider would be to somehow promote the 64-bit
image more (or slightly hide the 32-bit image).   We do believe there
is a significant number of people that could use the 64-bit version
but don't know and end up picking the 32-bit one.

* My albeit 2 year old experience with Audacity was that I found it
slow on my older hardware at the time.

On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 1:24 PM,  <lukefromdc at hushmail.com> wrote:
> 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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