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Canonical announces they're dropping support for 32-bit applications in all future releases
Peter J. Mello
Peter J. Mello
Posted 2019-06-22 05:55
i386 architecture will be dropped starting with Eoan release in October

I know the news is kind of fresh but I was wondering if Codeweavers had any preliminary thoughts about how this might affect running CrossOver on upcoming versions of Ubuntu and all of the distributions that are based on it? WINE has made some astounding leaps in functionality in the last six months, in no small part thanks to your contributions, but do you think it's at a point where it can run just as well on 64-bit libraries as it does now on 32?
D Jacobs
D Jacobs
Posted 2019-06-22 21:35
Its a nightmare for us retro people 😢 This news earlier tonight (other source) really tore down my evening mood :-/
Geert
Geert
Posted 2019-06-24 10:42
I've been keeping up with the discussions at discourse.ubuntu.com, and I am under the impression that Ubuntu is moving in the direction of still providing some degree of multiarch support, so as to maintain compatibility with Wine (and thus Crossover and Steam) and some other applications such as printer drivers.

See this post, for instance.

EDIT - Canonical has put out an official statement saying they will continue to provide a range of 32-bit packages in Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04, so as to ensure compatibility with 32-bit applications:

https://ubuntu.com/blog/statement-on-32-bit-i386-packages-for-ubuntu-19-10-and-20-04-lts

Peter J. Mello
Peter J. Mello
Posted 2019-06-24 22:19
Thanks for pointing out their updated position, Geert. Reading that put my mind at ease about the future of WINE in general and my own Linux distribution preference in particular.
Geert
Geert
Posted 2019-06-25 01:08
You're welcome!

On Sunday, I actually installed another Linux distro on my desktop because I didn't want to lose Wine support, but I quickly discovered that it wasn't as user friendly. Quite relieved, now, although I wonder how the projected use of containers post-Ubuntu 20.04 will affect performance,
David
David Supreme Raging Atomic Dragon Turbo Chief Senior Advocate
Posted 2019-06-28 16:39
Hmmmm  I think this is a case of shooting yourself in the foot ....... bad move ... I get 32 bit is not the norm nowadays but that's one of the things I like about linux is the fact there is no norm

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