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Re: [opensuse-factory] Tumbleweed 32-bit roadmap?
On Wed, Aug 02, 2017 at 03:15:22PM +0200, Richard Biener wrote:

How many people really care for running _Tumbleweed_ on ancient
(<= i586) hardware?

I volunteer one day a week at a non-profit organization in Kansas City, whose mission is to refurbish donated computers and sell then at low price to low-income people. Any machines that are received with a dual-core CPU are outfitted with Windows 10, but systems weaker than our cutoff have Leap 42.3 put on them and are given free to the poorest people.

We recently received 4 Dell D820 laptops in extremely good condition. The original plan was to put 32-bit Windows on them; however, they only came with 2 GB RAM, and the machines are very picky about which RAM will work. After quite a bit of effort, our manager gave up. As the Linux expert in the shop, I was charged with finding a 32-bit version of Linux for them. I really hate to even consider a rolling release for machines going to users with little sophistication, but I see few options. As the recipients will likely have only Windows experience. I need something on the desktop that looks like a "Start" button. Using a VirtualBox VM for testing, the only workable candidate is TW with an LXDE desktop.

There are really people that need 32-bit systems.

Larry
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