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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday July 10 2019, @02:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the future-looks-bright dept.

Following Canonical's pivot away from its internally-developed Unity user interface and Mir display server, Ubuntu has enjoyed two relatively low-drama years, as the Linux Desktop market homogenized during its transition back to a customized GNOME desktop. In a review of the most recent release, TechRepublic's Jack Wallen declared that "Ubuntu 19.04 should seriously impress anyone looking for a fast and reliable Linux desktop platform."

Largely, it's been a slow-and-steady pace for Ubuntu since the pivot from Unity to GNOME, though the distribution made headlines for plans to end support for 32-bit support. This prompted Valve, operators of games marketplace Steam, to re-think its approach toward Ubuntu, which it previously characterized as "as the best-supported path for desktop users."

TechRepublic's James Sanders interviewed Will Cooke, director of engineering for Ubuntu Desktop at Canonical, about the distribution's long-term plans for legacy 32-bit support, shipping a desktop in a post-Unity-era Ubuntu, and why Linux should be the first choice for users migrating from Windows 7 prior to the end of support.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by eravnrekaree on Wednesday July 10 2019, @09:21PM (1 child)

    by eravnrekaree (555) on Wednesday July 10 2019, @09:21PM (#865507)

    A big use for 32 bit images is in a VM on CPUs made as little as 3 years ago. Some recent CPUs lack hardware assisted VM support. On these CPUs, you can only run a 32 bit OS as a guest under a VM. There is also nothing really wrong with using 32 bit 15 year old hardware. In some developing country it may be all they can get. I thought we were supposed to be resourcesful and avoid creating too much e-waste? These practices of ubuntu encourage people to generate large amounts of e-waste when at a whim they decide to kill support for old hardware. Its stupid,. a lot of people dont have resources to go out and buy new hw whenever they decide to do this.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 12 2019, @07:07AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday July 12 2019, @07:07AM (#866141)

    Don't. Use. Ubuntu.