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Re: Switch default installation image link?




On Tue, Jun 06, 2017 at 06:43:46PM -0300, Henrique de Moraes Holschuh wrote:
> On Tue, 06 Jun 2017, Adam Borowski wrote:
> > No one installs i386 new -- machines that are non-amd64-capable are:
> > * mainstream machines from 2004 and earlier
> 
> That date is incorrect.  I can't give you a precise date, but the
> Thinkpad T43 with a 32-bit Centrino Pentium-M was **launched** in
> April/2005.
> 
> And I am pretty sure there were several 32-bit only processors after the
> Pentium-M, including several Atom-based systems that either didn't
> support, or had 64-bit mode disabled in BIOS because it was just too
> damn slow.

Those were mobile CPUs, as in the second entry.

> So, no earlier than 2008.

Which is still 9 years ago.

The installed base of 32-bit-only x86 is probably still bigger than all
non-x86 non-ARM together, but I believe a new user trying to install Debian
on such a machine is unlikely enough to warrant hiding this option to help
those who would be better served by amd64.

There's hope that by Buster we'll put arm64 on the front page, but for now I
think Steve McIntyre's idea of making amd64 the only prominently visible
arch is the way to go.


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