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Proposal: Let's drop i386

On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 12:56:38PM -0400, Gizmo Chicken wrote:
> > I believe deleting i386 and armhf before 18.10 is the politest thing to do

> Provided that i386 and armhf won't be supported in 20.04 LTS (which
> seems to be the case), I fully agree that such support should be
> removed *before* 18.10.  Those needing such support should be
> encouraged to remain on the current LTS, and not lured to 18.10 with a
> false hope of continued support.

> Removing support before 18.10 would also be a good way to draw out
> early feedback.  If enough backlash (and technically feasible to do
> so), perhaps i386 and armhf could be (reluctantly) added back for one
> final LTS, namely 20.04 LTS (and maybe tested in 19.10).  But
> hopefully that wouldn't be needed.

Rebootstrapping an architecture is a non-trivial amount of work.  It is
exceedingly unlikely that, having taken the decision to drop the
architecture, we would then decide to reintroduce it.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
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