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Proposal: Let's drop i386


Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at hsivonen.fi> writes:
> On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 11:25 PM, Thomas Ward <teward at thomas-ward.net> wrote:
>> However, killing i386 support globally could introduce issues, including
>> but not limited to certain upstream softwares having to go away
>> entirely, due to the interdependency or issues with how certain apps
>> work (read; Wine, 32-bit support, 64-bit support being flaky, and
>> Windows apps being general pains in that they work on 32bit but not
>> always on 64-bit).
>
> If 32-bit x86 support becomes mainly a thing that's run on x86_64
> hardware as a compatibility measure for things like Wine, it would
> make sense to bring the instruction set baseline to the x86_64 level.
> Specifically, it would make sense to compile the 32-bit x86 packages
> with SSE2 unconditionally enabled.

There is already an x32 ABI port in Debian (and I thought it also was in
Ubuntu at some time?)

Best

Ole