i386 EOL plans for Xubuntu?
florentior at gmail.com
Mon Nov 14 20:37:04 UTC 2016
Thanks for the invite. This event isn't at a good time for me (10 am on
the American east coast), but keep us posted on other architecture
events. I'd like to "sit in" on a session sometime.
Has there been any feedback from users in developing countries about the
saturation of dual- or multiple-core systems in their region? One could
argue that any single-core system (i.e. Pentium 4) still running is
likely to experience a motherboard failure (busted capacitor?) sometime
soon. Still, it's likely that at least some schools, municipalities
etc. in a developing region still use a P4 despite age and wear.
On 11/14/2016 12:07 PM, Bryan Quigley wrote:
> Sorry for the late notice - there is a live discussion scheduled for
> this Wednesday on this topic for any flavors that want to further the
> http://summit.ubuntu.com/uos-16 11/meeting/22714/architecture-discussions/
> On Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 2:23 PM, Bryan Quigley
> <bryan.quigley at canonical.com> wrote:
>> Hi Xubuntu team,
>> From the thread on Ubuntu-devel/discuss  I'm going to start
>> conversations with each flavor on what their plans are for i386 in the
>> 18.04 timeframe. I have some survey results  that might help with planning.
>> The general ideas are either:
>> *Start Dropping i386 for Xubuntu now*
>> A. Drop Xubuntu i386 ISO for 16.10
>> B. In addition to A, also block upgrades by dropping packages from
>> i386 archive (say xfwm4, but that would need to wait for other derivs..).
>> Some Pros: Halves the test cases you need to go through. Reduces
>> bandwidth usage and makes it more obvious for new users what to
>> download. (Read other thread for some others)
>> *Wait until after 18.04 and then reconsider dropping i386*
>> Pros: Maintain older hardware running Xubuntu for another 2+
>> years (up from 3 years).
>> * You could consider any packages that are 100% specific to the
>> Xubuntu flavor. I'll be reaching out to Mythbuntu and Ubuntu Studio
>>  https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2016-June/039420.html
>>  The total results for Xubuntu (48 of the 300 responses - Second
>> most responses).
>> How long do you expect this machine to last?
>> at least 1 year - 3
>> at least 3 years - 18
>> at least 5 years - 16
>> at least 7 years or more - 11
>> What would be the effect if support ended... (1 is no impact, 5 is
>> significant impact)
>> April 2019 (16.04 LTS support ends here for Xubuntu - 3 year LTS)
>> 1 - 5
>> 2 - 6
>> 3 - 8
>> 4 - 9
>> 5 - 17
>> April 2021
>> 1 - 10
>> 2 - 8
>> 3 - 12
>> 4 - 8
>> 5 - 7
>> April 2023
>> 1 - 23
>> 2 - 8
>> 3 - 6
>> 4 - 5
>> 5 - 4
>> i386 - To be clear I mean any 32-bit x86 platform (usually AMD/Intel/VIA).
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