from today on we have removed Manjaro for 32-bit as you may know it. Couple of days we already had removed links to our 32-bit ISOs for given reasons. So lets talk about how large Manjaro was in that architecture, what our plans are for 32-bit architecture and if you have to move on to another Linux distribution cos of that.
To go back in history we started as a really small team of five. Roland, Guillaume, Wlad, Allesandro and me. We went dark before we came back online. So it always takes time to get the good stuff rolling.
As I archived v17.0.6-x32 it resulted in a size of 37 GB:
This includes all any-packages and i686-packages of Manjaro based on Archlinux. So this area is gone for good now. If you want to have those packages saved on one of your servers, please send me an email to talk about details.
So how do we go on from there? Well, our team has grown, we started a new partnership and even started our new laptop line with the spitfire and will connect to other partners in future. So given by that the brand Manjaro is now known to many of you.
We did polls about dropping 32-bit for good. The community and our development team both agreed to axe it for good. However, some of you have still some reasons to hang on to that architecture.
Myself not being a
throw away and all is good-guy I thought about it a lot. Archlinux32 is a small project, as they only started couple of month ago. Manjaro has established a bigger Mirror-Infrastructure and will have even a better cloud based mirror-system soon. So I thought, why not continue the boxit-way as we do with Manjaro not also with the new Manjaro32 project. So I secured the github page and @jonathon registered the URL for it.
Jonathon himself had following idea to keep the 32-bit version alive. That gave me an idea to even improve it. Adding some code lines to boxit gave us the opportunity not to only syncing from Archlinux but also on the same infrastructure from Archlinux32. Since Jonathon already added our overlay packages to his [manjaro32] repo, I did it the classic way as we already do with Manjaro in 64-bit.
Together it results now in following footprint:
So the Manjaro-64 is 41,9 GB and Manjaro-32 is now 40,2 GB in size. Any-Packages are normally meant to be used in both architectures, however, since we have now two different projects we have to keep them now separate.
Manjaro-32 may not get as frequent updates as Manjaro-64 will get, but it will be still maintained. Some might have now noticed that there is no
x32-stable repo yet. This we did on purpose. If we compare both the old Manjaro v17.0.6-x32 with the new Manjaro-x32 you will see that not all packages are at the same level. A list of differences you may find here.
So it is good to read up on this thread to know all about the new community project. And as always, you’re more than welcome to join it.
Tell us what you all think about it and if our additional effort to keep Manjaro Linux in 32-bit is wise to do so.
- Yes, I’m happy that you guys still support 32-bit
- I don’t mind. Good luck with Manjaro-32, though
- Seems to be a waste of time on your end, though