It has finally come to pass. The day we all hoped would never come has arrived. (Unless I’m wrong and it’s just that NVIDIA are slow to release compatibility updates.)
As NVIDIA have previously announced, they have dropped all 32-bit support from their proprietary drivers, which means no new updates or bug fixes.
This means the existing 32-bit drivers will never work with newer Xorg versions.
Xorg 1.20 is already in x32-testing and those with NVIDIA cards running the
nvidia* drivers will have noticed they no longer have a working X setup.
I am not willing to maintain a separate Xorg 1.19 stack as not only is it a tonne of effort, it’s baking-in (as yet unknown) security vulnerabilities which will never be fixed.
The only “safe” option for affected GPUs is to switch to the
nouveau driver before the next x32-stable update. Otherwise you can “risk it” and see what happens.
sudo mhwd -r pci video-nvidia sudo mhwd -i pci video-linux
For other driver series, replace
video-nvidia with the relevant option (e.g.
nouveau isn’t an option for you… there’s not much to be done. It’s time for a hardware upgrade.