Re: Can we drop upstream Linux x32 support?

From: Thomas SchÃbel-Theuer
Date: Fri Dec 14 2018 - 16:41:29 EST

On 12/14/18 22:24, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
I should clarify again: I am not suggesting that we drop 32-bit
support in the forseeable future. (Well, I might eventually suggest
that we drop support for 32-bit *hardware* at some point, but not for
32-bit compat software.) Linux's compat code is quite robust and is
even fairly maintainable.

I'm talking about x32, which is a different beast.

OK, this does not really make a big difference for large-scale enterprise users. Some day in the very distant future any legacy system will disappear, eventually.

So from my viewpoint the mentioned roadmap / timing requirements will remain the same, whatever you are dropping.

Enterprise-critical use cases will probably need to be migrated to KVM/qemu together with their old kernel versions, anyway (because the original hardware will be no longer available in a few decades).