On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 12:22:59PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote: > On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 1:15 AM, Adam Borowski <kilob...@angband.pl> wrote: > > > > Alas, we got some data: > > https://popcon.debian.org/ says 20% of x86 users have i386 as their main ABI > > (current; people with popcon installed). > > One of the issues I've seen is that people often simply move a disk > (or copy an installation) when upgrading machines.
Less skilled users (ie, most of them) had until recently a different hurdle: the "32-bit" option was shown way too prominently, without an explanation. > Does Debian make it easy to upgrade to a 64-bit kernel if you have a > 32-bit install? Quite easy, yeah. Crossgrading userspace is not for the faint of the heart, but changing just the kernel is fine. > Because if not, then it's entirely possible that a lot > of people started out with a 32-bit install (maybe they even had a > 64-bit kernel, but they started when the 32-bit install was the > default one), and never upgraded their kernel. > > It really should be easy to _just_ upgrade the kernel. But if the > distro doesn't support it, most people won't do it. I just realized that, for people who use distro kernels, the right way is a message during upgrade. Ie, it's up to the packagers rather than you. Having a dire-sounding printk, though, would still be nice. Meow! -- ⢀⣴⠾⠻⢶⣦⠀ ⣾⠁⢰⠒⠀⣿⡁ Vat kind uf sufficiently advanced technology iz dis!? ⢿⡄⠘⠷⠚⠋⠀ -- Genghis Ht'rok'din ⠈⠳⣄⠀⠀⠀⠀