Linux Format UK – December 2019

Linux Format UK Magazine

The tenth month of the year arrives and so does a new Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) update. Is it a portent that this is the 31st release of Ubuntu and With the 32nd release next year. 32-bit x86 Ubuntu builds will end?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It •s been discussed for literally years. and access to x86 builds has been slowly decreasing; the net build was still an option for 19.xx. but with will be 64-bit only. Sure. Arm still has 32-bit builds for those vital embedded devices. The more worrying concern was support for 32-bit software: hardware eventually dies. but software lives on for as long as it can be stored. Thankfully. the community outcry made Canonical see sense here and 32-bit library support continues. for now.

A letter in this issue Linux Format talking about supporting older hardware had me thinking about how open source has changed over the decades. Many parts of the FOSS world are now big business. and businesses have very different priorities and goals to community-led projects. You could guess certain decisions within Canonical were made with business intentions at their heart – cloud servers don’t often use Wine — which then triggered the huge community push-back: humans do often use Wine.

It’s an issue that’s happened before and will happen again. How do you feel? Let us know! At least as open source. other projects are free to spring up and take over. and part of that is why we’re looking at how you can run lighter and faster distros in this issue. Alongside that we have HDR photography. OpenShot video editing. customising your boot menu. recovering lost data. keeping your Raspberry Pi cool. and how to fix Raspbian’s Bluetooth stack. It’s quite the collection of open source and Linux for you to sink your teeth into. So. as always, enjoy!

Linux Format UK – December 2019