Ubuntu Is Dropping 32-bit Desktop Images

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This news affects users of live CDs mostly

If you were hoping to download Ubuntu 17.10 32-bit come its release next month we’ve some bad news to give you.

Ubuntu is dropping 32-bit builds of Ubuntu 17.10 desktop entirely. It’s time to bid farewell to non-64 bit ISOs.

Canonical’s Dimitri John Ledkov has asked the Ubuntu release team to “action” a proposal he put forth earlier in the development cycle in which he argued that i386 builds of Ubuntu desktop (aka 32-bit builds) should no longer be produced.

Please action the below and remove Ubuntu Desktop i386 daily-live images from the release manifest for Beta and Final milestones of 17.10 and therefore do not ship ubuntu-desktop-i386.iso artifact for 17.10,” he writes.

“This doesn’t mean Ubuntu desktop won’t run on 32-bit computers, simply that you won’t be able to download a pre-made live disc for it”

“There is no longer any effective qa or testing of the desktop product on actual i386 hardware (explicitly non x86_64 CPUs).”

What this change ไม่ได้ mean

No changes are being requested to อื่น ๆ builds of Ubuntu 17.10, such as minimal install ISOs or the net install option, and this news ไม่ได้ mean Ubuntu won’t run on 32-bit, simply that you won’t be able to download a pre-spun ISO image for it.

This news simply means 32-bit Ubuntu users won’t be able to download and boot up an official live ISO to install the distro. 32-bit desktop configurations will also no longer benefit from any sort of official testing.

This change does not affect Ubuntu flavours such as Xubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, et al — they’ll be free to make their own decisions about what they support.

“Change of scope and target market for i386”

Why drop 32-bit Ubuntu? Well, it seems like no-one really uses it. And those who do probably run a lighter, trimmer version of the distro like Xubuntu, or Ubuntu MATE.

The Ubuntu website no longer lists 32-bit images as being available for download on desktop, เซิร์ฟเวอร์, or cloud. Many other Linux distributions and operating systems are also distributed as 64-bit only images.

ปีที่แล้ว we ran a poll asking how which version of Ubuntu you use: 32-bit or 64-bit. The results of that poll revealed that 92% run Ubuntu 64-bit already.

While not a total slam dunk, those results suggest that while this is a significant sounding change it is one that will have little practical impact for the majority of users.

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