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Proposal: Let's drop i386


Hi Nrbtx et al,

On 9 May 2018 at 21:59, Nrbrtx <nrbrtx at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Bryan and all!
>
> Please do not forget about some special hardware configurations such as
> Thin Clients.
> For example we use about 50 machines as Fat LTSP clients with Intel
> Celeron and Intel Atom. Their RAM is limited to 2Gb by hardware. They use
> Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with MATE desktop environment.
>
> Even if CPU is 64-bit compatible, it will be impermissible luxury (or high
> RAM usage in other words) of 64-bit OS. I prefer 32-bits here as it reduces
> RAM usage.
>
> Please take into account my logic about 32-bit LTSP clients. And do not
> drop 32-bits completely.
>

As a hobby, I run a computer refurbishment project where people give me old
computers/laptops and, once they are refurbished, are given to people with
mental health problems, their families or students or other needy people.
As a result, I'm the go-to-guy for a number of old computers out in the
community. The number of 32-bit systems out there actually in active use is
pretty small.

For personal use, I have a Samsung NC10 32-bit netbook whose task these
days is to act as an easily carried computer. I have been keeping an eye
out for a similar system with the exception of having a 64-bit CPU, without
much success.

According to my information, lubuntu 18.04 will be supported for 5 years. I
should be able to find a suitable replacement system in that time.

It isn't convenient but perhaps it is time to start planning the
replacement of existing 32 bit systems? Making computer shops / businesses
aware that you'd like to have "old" (!) 64-bit  systems donated to your
particular charities?

HTH,


Ian

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