New nail in its grave: Xubuntu 19.04 stops offering 32-bit support

Xubuntu 19.04 without 32bit support Almost a decade ago, Apple put the first nail in Flash Player's grave. Over time we have come to realize that it was an outdated and dangerous technology, which is why many services made the move to HTML5. I think that with this change we all win, but not all changes are good. And it is that many operating systems no longer support 32bits, something that has begun to do Xubuntu 19.04 since last Thursday.

This decision was made by a vote that took place in December and the team says that users who want to continue using Xubuntu can do so on their version v18.04 that will be supported until 2023. From there, users with a 32-bit computer will have to assume that they will not receive any more updates or switch to an operating system that continues to support that architecture. This is bad news for all those who have a 32-bit computer that still works perfectly, since Xubuntu is one of the lightest operating systems that are part of the Ubuntu family.

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Personally, this seems like bad news to me, especially if I think about teams that still have some family members. I remember resurrecting a computer with Xubuntu years ago and went from being a slow computer to a fully functional one. It is true that now it is not as light as some time ago, but Xfce will always be less heavy than GNOME or KDE. What do you think that Xubuntu 19.04 no longer includes support for 32bits?

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  1.   Rasa said

    Well, don't believe it, no. I have had an Xfce and a KDE on my computer (without Akonadi, yes) and it is no longer possible to say so happily that Xfce will always be lighter than KDE.

    1.    andresinio asha said

      Well, XFCE still does not migrate to gtk3 completely, added to the fact that the changes it has undergone are marginal bought with kde, it could approximate that you have not used a clean xfce.
      Clean Xfce should consume less than 400mb ram at idle, the% processor usage varies depending on the capacity of the processor but it shouldn't ask for much either.
      Well I haven't used kde since version 4.0 (ubuntu 7.04) so ​​I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt.

  2.   andresinio asha said

    Well, I think that in recent years a Windows 10 lite of the first (before the anniversary update) is more competitive in computers that have between 512mb and 3Gb of ram memory than the distros that were the lightest at the time.
    This is due to changes in the Linux kernel in recent years plus the arrival of gtk 3 and QT4 + that reloaded the application package. It is a natural evolution that could be solved if there were no fragmentation in terms of lightweight desktops.
    I am not against fragmentation, but it is losing its meaning on lightweight desktops.