The new 17.10 only has 64 bit ISOs. However 32 bit is still supported, there just are no live ISOs for it.

I have a 32 bit machine with WIFI, and I need to install from a USB disk. I tried the "mini.iso" but it doesn't have WIFI support.

What options do I have?

(PS I don't want another distro, and I can't use ethernet for installation, must be WIFI).

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    You have to use an older version and [release-]upgrade from there. 16.04LTS still have 32bit images releases.ubuntu.com/16.04
    – guiverc
    Jan 17, 2018 at 7:10
  • You don't want another distro, but have you tried the Ubuntu community flavours (Kubuntu, Lubuntu ... Xubuntu)? Many of us use the flavours with lighter desktop environments in old 32-bit computers: Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu MATE, Xubuntu.
    – sudodus
    Jan 17, 2018 at 7:16
  • How to go from 16.04lts to 17.10 instructions
    – grokky
    Jan 17, 2018 at 8:16
  • @guiverc Please post that as an answer, and don't post answers as comments.
    – wjandrea
    Apr 15, 2018 at 18:40
  • Karel's answer on a duplicate question: How to make an Ubuntu Minimal USB using dd
    – wjandrea
    Apr 15, 2018 at 19:51

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Install Xubuntu 32-bit. After it's installed, install the Ubuntu desktop system package:

sudo apt install -y ubuntu-desktop ubuntu-wallpapers ubuntu-wallpapers-artful   
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm3   

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm3 will open up a new window allowing you to select gdm as the default login display manager. Select gdm3 and reboot.

sudo apt remove lightdm-gtk-greeter   
sudo reboot
  • Interesting idea! But won't it retain the xubuntu base config etc?
    – grokky
    Jan 17, 2018 at 7:40
  • Also, is it not better toupgrade from a previous version of ubuntu proper, eg. 16.04lts?
    – grokky
    Jan 17, 2018 at 7:40
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    In order to upgrade from 16.04 to 17.10 you would need to skip over 16.10 and 17.04 while upgrading to 17.10, which is not as good as doing a clean install of 17.10. After you have confirmed that the Ubuntu desktop system is working properly you can optionally uninstall the Xubuntu packages with the command: sudo apt remove xfce4-appfinder xfce4-notifyd xfce4-panel xfce4-session xfce4-settings xfdesktop4 xfwm4 thunar thunar-volman lightdm xubuntu-artwork xubuntu-core xubuntu-default-settings
    – karel
    Jan 17, 2018 at 8:04
  • So if I'm understanding you correctly, you believe that xubuntu-->17.10 is better/easier/safer/whatever than ubuntu16.04-->17.10 ? That is surprising, and I don't get it... BUT I'm a bit of a newbie!
    – grokky
    Jan 17, 2018 at 8:08
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    It may take 6+ hours in front of the computer to follow the upgrade path in the tutorial you linked to versus 30-45 minutes for a clean install of 17.10 once the 17.10 32-bit iso file has been downloaded.
    – karel
    Jan 17, 2018 at 8:23

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