That was the main question we asked OpenMandriva Association (OMA) Members and now want to ask all the community. The OMA members said Yes – Keep supporting it (56%), presenting as the main reasons that we need to keep supporting legacy technology that is still widely used around the world, specially in development countries that use legacy machines not only for personal use but for teaching and working. Also members stated that i586 should be bumped for i686, but not stop supporting 32 bits. Also, in a more casuistry approach, supporting it will be critical to some users that use 32 bits only software or have 32 bits machines, or it is critical for keep using OpenMandriva and spreading it’s name in various levels. Regarding our Sourceforge statistics we can say that our downloads of 32 bits editions are in average 30%, but going down since OpenMandriva Lx 2013. Now we would like to listen to you, what’s your opinion?
Community, have your say! The poll will open during 1 week, closing June 12th 23.59 CEST
UPDATED: Community voted and the results show that 67% believe that is a good idea to keep supporting the 32bit architecture. The reasons go in the same direction that the above (from the members responses); supporting legacy hardware, that OMA has a lot of users in countries where 32bit architecture are very common. Some people suggest moving to i686, others say that the advantage of this switch is unoticed to “common user”, other suggest cooperating in this field and ARM with other communities like Mageia.
Council + TC + Cooker we have listened to the Members, the Community, now it’s your decision.