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Re: Ubuntu at MWC in Barcelona


I guess we're now waiting either for someone in the community to build a 32-bit kernel that can handle Snap based images, or a 64-bit Fairphone 2+.

I have to agree that it does seem most un-Linux-like behaviour.


On 26/02/17 15:09, Unix One wrote:
On 02/24/2017 12:10 PM, Rodney Dawes wrote:
On Fri, 2017-02-24 at 18:28 +0100, Matthias Apitz wrote:
It is, because the click pkg are EOL and the snap require 64-bit
No. Anyone should be able to create snap based images for 32-bit
devices if they wish. However, I think as only new devices coming to
market at this point are really going to be 64-bit, the goal is to only
support 64-bit for official device images. For example, see the
discussions previously about no longer building final release ISOs of
Ubuntu for i386, or how there haven't been ones for PowerPC for a while
now. However, both of those architectures are still built in the
archive, and some derivatives still build releases for those
In my mind, this logic makes complete sense, as it does for Ubuntu i386
example, if most devices on the market are 64-bit and it is of very
little benefit to support older hardware via official channels. In fact,
Ubuntu has indeed officially supported i386 concurrently with 64-bit
during many years of transition.

As for Ubuntu Touch phones, since 100% of existing phone devices are
32-bit, there are no 64-bit phones even being planned (at least
publicly), wiping 32-bit future official support outright alienates the
core power users and developers - i.e. pretty much everyone - in a
frustrating way.

Sure, community could decide to backport Ubuntu Touch updates to legacy
phones (has anyone volunteered/committed to doing so?), or they could
decide to move on and do something else completely different instead
with their time.

I guess personally for me, MWC is the last glimmer of hope - a miracle
announcement of a modern 64-bit dev phone to replace mako, but I don't
know how much I'd be willing to bet on that.