[ubuntu-studio-devel] i386 architecture will be dropped starting with eoan (Ubuntu 19.10)

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Fri Jun 21 19:03:11 UTC 2019

It may take a while for New York City's used electronics to percolate
down to thefavelas in Rio or back streets in San Salvador, and longer
yet to rural Africaand other places will a smaller population of
migrants to the US who can sendstuff home.
As a practical matter this may mean using older versions of distros,
which oftenperform better on old hardware anyway. At an extreme case,
a Pentium 3 or aslightly faster (for some code) first-gen Atom netbook
that ran very well on 
Ubuntu Jaunty (9.10) might be a snail on any current distro. A
limiting factoris that many modern websites have so much javascript as
to slow these machinesto a crawl as the JS garbage collector runs up
against memory limits. Blocking JSand blocking ads (esepcially video
ads) is compulsory to run these machines onmany sites, Now sites like
Twitter disable loading with JS turned off, making thisproblem even
worse.  I don't know anything about Facebook, I keep them blocked.
Problem with rolling back to something like Jaunty (and thus fully
supporting the oldvideo cards etc) is that you don't get codec support
for any recent videos, includingones the CPU is damned well able to
play. Those old netbooks with exactly the rightcode can just barely
play 30fps 720p video so long as they are not asked to play itin a
browser. That's running something like an IceWM session. They can
still do it, 
but not at the same time as running anything else. Most have only 1GB
of RAM anduse about 10w for the whole system. Millions were considered
obsolete as peopleflocked to Apple's walled gardens and Google's
spyware in phones and tablets.

On 6/21/2019 at 4:24 PM, "Ralf Mardorf"  wrote:On Fri, 21 Jun 2019
11:33:53 -0400, Luigino Bracci wrote:
>I apologize for the rudeness of what I'm going to say, but stop
>creating 32-bit distributions is a decision that seems taken by
>living in New York, having computers with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSDs,
>and believing that the rest of the world lives like them.


to put it in a nutshell, EOL of 18.04 LTS is April 2028, you shouldn't
expect that a lot of i386 or even other 32-bit architecture could be
artificially maintained much longer. To some extend you could take the
soldering station and make one computer out of two computers. However,
at some point there aren't enough IDE drives available anymore. There
likely will be a lot of climate agreements in the future, so also
consider that power consumption of old machines will become an issue,
especially for developing countries. Today we already have a lot of
less power consuming, but already aged 64-bit machines, that are not
much used by those rich New Yorkers anymore, but ready to become a


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