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Ubuntu 11.04 and Ubuntu 11.10 Will Support Multiarch

Steve Langasek proudly announced last evening, March 22nd, that it is now possible to install library packages of different architectures on your Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) operating system via multiarch.

This is great news for all Ubuntu developers and users alike, because it means that commands such as the one below can now be easily configured to work in an x86_64 chroot:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer:i386

“Thanks to everyone who’s helped get us to this stage! We’re still some way away from being able to do this on the desktop, however, since this command currently wants to remove lots of amd64 libraries and replace them with the i386 ones!”

“Which is, in fact, the point of this mail. There’s a core set of libraries that have now been bootstrapped for multiarch in natty, but there are obviously a lot more libraries that will need to be transitioned for multiarch before we can even begin to think about dropping ia32-libs from the archive.” – said Steve Langasek in the e-mail.

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