Canonical discontinues Itanium and SPARC support in Ubuntu
Ubuntu 10.10, code-named Maverick Meerkat, will not be ported to the Itanium and SPARC platforms. The Ubuntu developers were already dissatisfied with the quality of the two ports in the recent 10.04 LTS release, because the two processor platforms have been without a dedicated maintainer for some time.
As a result, Canonical's Scott James Remnant officially proposed to the Ubuntu Technical Board's August meeting that the two platforms already be removed during the Feature Freeze of Ubuntu 10.10. This proposal has now been accepted.
However, those who use Ubuntu on a SPARC or IA64 platform still have time to find a different distribution: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support) for desktop systems will be maintained for at least another 3 years, while the server variant will be maintained for another five years – and these versions include the Itanium and SPARC platforms.
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