i386 EOL plans for Xubuntu?

Pasi Lallinaho pasi at shimmerproject.org
Tue Jul 12 21:28:54 UTC 2016

Hey Bryan et al.

On 2016-07-12 23:58, Bryan Quigley wrote:
> The results from the the torrent tracker (for 16.04) show:
> ISO name  completed downloads total transfer
> -desktop-amd64.iso 1371 501 579.28GiB
> -desktop-i386.iso 814 340 394.15GiB
> But I don't know how accurate these numbers really are.

Even with some inaccuracy, we can come to a conclusion that the 32-bit 
images are still largely used. Thus I don't think there is any reason to 
drop them - especially as keeping them isn't extra work anyway.

> Given the discussion (and what I see the consensus to be) and data
> I've seen it looks like it makes sense to keep Xubuntu i386* and look
> at it again after 18.04.   I'm just reporting back to ubuntu-devel, so
> this isn't stuck in stone or any kind of official thing.

I would like to point out that the discussion on the mailing list only 
had one comment from anybody contributing to Xubuntu directly (Dave) - 
others are just bystanders.

This is not to say there is anything wrong with subscribers taking part 
in discussion. (Quite the contrary really - by all means, please do so, 
we like to hear from you!)

However, to me, reaching consensus implies that there is some kind of 
body of people who need to reach the said consensus. For Xubuntu, this 
is obviously the Xubuntu team. In the future, it would be nice if this 
was taken into consideration, not jumping into conclusions and action 
after a few mails from random people on the mailing list.

> Thanks all!
> Bryan
> *Steering more users to the longer supportable 64-bit version would
> certainly help them in the future.  And the memory usage difference is
> overrated - https://bryanquigley.com/memory-usage/ubuntu-16-04-livecd-memory-usage-compared

Our website already has the 64-bit version mentioned first, and it has a 
slight visual cue to denote the default/primary target. There has been 
some discussions about making this even more obvious and it is indeed 
likely that we will go further that way at some point.


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