[CentOS-devel] EPEL and i686

Fri Jan 24 23:33:47 UTC 2014
Ljubomir Ljubojevic <centos at plnet.rs>

On 01/25/2014 12:00 AM, Todd Rinaldo wrote:
> On Jan 24, 2014, at 4:29 PM, Karanbir Singh <mail-lists at karan.org> wrote:
>> On 01/24/2014 10:26 PM, Manuel Wolfshant wrote:
>>> On 01/25/2014 12:13 AM, Karanbir Singh wrote:
>>>> Hi
>>>> Whats the plan for EPEL i686 / EL7 ? Does anyone know if there is even
>>>> going to be a multilib attempt or is everything going to stay x86_64 clean ?
>>> they build for x86_64 and ppc64 only,
>> So then the question is - what is the process to enable i686 there ( or,
>> do we then need to own all of EPEL - atleast some subset ) locally if we
>> are going to attempt a i686 CentOS build ?
>> - KB
> Could I ask what the use case is for i386 support? I know that the pointers are smaller but memory is cheap. Is this a speed or a hardware or a can it be done goal?
> Todd

As I can see, so far, RHEL 7 has minimum hardware requirements very 
close to 6.x, at least for the Desktop/Workstation use.

In developing countries there is still lots of 32-bit hardware that will 
not be thrown away just because 64-bit is better. If there is no 32-bit 
version, all of those using 32-bit systems now will either stay with 6.x 
or move to Something that provides 32-bit distro version like Ubuntu. I 
expect that hardware will be around for another 3-5 years, just until 
RHEL 8 is out.

Also, Embedded systems mostly have 32-bit processors, as far as I know, 
not needing 64-bit ones, so it would be nice to use CentOS on them, not 
some other distro.

Ljubomir Ljubojevic
(Love is in the Air)
PL Computers
Serbia, Europe

StarOS, Mikrotik and CentOS/RHEL/Linux consultant