Mini -- 32-bit, LXDE going forward

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anchorH
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Hi all,
My current daily driver is Lubuntu 18.04, whch I use on both 32-bit and 64-bit computers. I've been trying Trisquel Mini (and loving it) as a replacement for Lubuntu, which is dropping support for both LXDE and 32-bit.

My questions:
1. Will Trisquel continue to support 32-bit systems even as Canonical drops support?
2. Will Trisquel continue to provide 32-bit-specific security fixes?
3. Will Trisquel -- and the Ubuntu repositories where Trisquel gets its packages -- continue to make LXDE available?
4. Will there be any LXDE security fixes down the line? Or is LXDE currently considered safe even though abandoned.
5. How big is the Trisquel development team? I read a post from several years back where just one person was doing the development. Have more people been added since then? I don't require a lot of features in a distro, so this question is mainly about having a safe system.

Thank-you

And again, really love the appearance, speed and low RAM usage of Trisquel Mini. Surprised I hadn't found it earlier

Andy
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Joined: 02/02/2020

Hey AnchorH,
Sorry I can't answer any of your questions about future developments but I can endorse your views on Trisquel-mini. As an engineer I appreciate the speed born of efficiency and now that I am more familiar with LXDE I find that I like that too, so do hope it has a long future.
Think that I may have set some Trisquel v8 32bit record in efficiency with 143MB RAM used on a 20 year old XP-Pro 3D CAD Workstation.
What spec computers are you using...?
Have you added applications to the standard installation..?

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lutes
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Joined: 09/04/2020

Last time we heard about 32-bit support in this forum was in this call for volunteers:

https://trisquel.info/en/forum/call-volunteers-maintain-32-bit-support

The current thread was opened a couple of days before the one referenced above, so not sure how much of the OP has already been answered there.

Maybe someone has some update on the 32-bit call for volunteers, especially regarding chaosmonk's offer there: https://trisquel.info/en/forum/call-volunteers-maintain-32-bit-support#comment-154445.

jxself
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Joined: 09/13/2010

As far as I know it's still the same: A community effort. So it's entirely possible, if people are willing to do it, but it will require action as it won't just happen by itself.

lutes
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Joined: 09/04/2020

Thanks.

I was thinking that maybe the idea of basing on Devuan (or Debian) instead of building all packages from scratch is more tempting, from the point of view of potential volunteers. Although it does not seem to be on the table for the foreseeable future.

Andy
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Joined: 02/02/2020

Hey Guys - thanks for the very interesting links. Afraid my old brain at 71 is not up to that sort of task - I am just an ever so grateful user of Etiona and mini Trisquel. I have the time but not the knowledge to do anything but write and I suppose test apps?
Would be great to have the LXDE speed of the mini with Full Trisquel - which is why I have added many apps to mini to make it as Full Trisquel.
ps thanks for other topics and posts too - you get to realise just how broad the knowledge base is on this forum.
pps - Just another thought often overlooked - Third World or Poor Countries which may rely on old 32bit devices.

lutes
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Joined: 09/04/2020

> Just another thought often overlooked - Third World or Poor Countries which may rely on old 32bit devices.

I do not think this has been overlooked here. You will find that many Trisquel users not only do care for extended hardware eol, but are also not in a financial position to follow the buying craze that would have two-year old computers thrown away for the sake of keeping up with 'novelty'. In fact, for the sake of increased short term profits.

Experience shows that trying to save that huge pile of perfectly functional hardware before it is sent to pieces is an uphill battle. That said, the rythm of planned obsolescence is such that most of that forcibly trashed circuitry has been 64-bit capable for quite some time now.

muhammed
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Joined: 04/13/2013

Support for old hardware is how I learned about software freedom