Lubuntu announcement: no i386 support beyond 18.04

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    Lubuntu has been and continues to be the go-to Ubuntu flavor for people who want the most from their computers, especially older hardware that cannot handle today’s workloads. However, the project and computing as a whole has drastically changed in many ways since its origin ten years ago. Computers have become faster, more secure, and most notably, have moved off of the traditional 32-bit i686 (generalized as i386 in Debian and Ubuntu) architecture.

    As an increasing number of Linux distributions have focused their attention on the 64-bit x86 architecture (amd64) and not on i386, we have found that it is harder to support than it once was. With i386-only machines becoming an artifact of the past, it has become increasingly clear to the Lubuntu Team that we need to evaluate its removal from the architectures we support. After careful consideration, we regret to inform our users that Lubuntu 19.04 and future versions will not see a release for the i386 architecture. Please do note that we will continue to support Lubuntu 18.04 LTS i386 users as a first-class citizen until its End of Life date in April of 2021.


    Thankfully, AntiX and MX Linux are still here for us grizzled i386’ers! Hopefully for quite some time…

    Sadly, LibreOffice will end 32-bit soon with 6.2:
    “Linux x86 (32-bit) releases will be demoted. There will be no Linux x86 builds produced by TDF after 6.2.”

    AntiX 17.x:
    - (32-bit): IBM Thinkpad 600X (2000), IBM NetVista X41 (2002), IBM Thinkpad A31p (2003);
    - (64-bit): Lenovo Thinkpads x61s (2008), x200 (2009), x301 (2009).


    Well … sad and not sad.

    Over ten years already, there is no computer that cannot support 64-bit, those who can‘t are anyway only good as Museum Exponates. 😉

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    Wondering if the 19.04 core isos will have a 32 bit release with 32 bit repos?

    I don’t use prepackaged Ubuntu/Mint iso’s anymore. Having evolved a little beyond the pre-package dinner line.
    I even built a Icewm/Fluxbox Ubuntu 14 install long ago once as a personal learning process.
    Wiped it after that computer died.

    Mine was done before systemd was implemented into the Linux cosmos.
    I am nit sure how well this will work out with the new iso layouts from the big boys.

    Linuxbbq Cream may still viable though a bit long in tooth like my AntiX Jessie install. 2014 < Linuxbbq > vs

    $ inxi -S
    System:    Host: biker Kernel: 4.9.83-antix.1-686-smp-pae i686 bits: 32 Desktop: IceWM 1.3.8 
               Distro: antiX-15-V_386-full Killah P 30 June 2015 

    Jessie repos are good for a long time still.

    Living on the Mexican border. I see 1st hand on how limited computer hardware choices are available for the poor.
    Some folks have no choice in their life. They deal with what cards were dealt them.

    You would be surprised how many times I give away these cds below to help someone get by. In a pinch. ” My windows 95/98 gear won’t boot ”

    Sometimes I drive a crooked road to get my mind straight.
    Not all who Wander are Lost.
    Linux Registered User # 475019
    How to Search for AntiX solutions to your problems


    I’ve no ideas what the future will bring but, for the next 5 years, there’s no worries for “the only working Linux”.


    News of today.

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