Phasing out i686 support

i686

#7

hello,
thanks manjaro team along these years,
as a 32 bit old laptop user, I moved a week ago to Void Linux,
maybe a few months/years of respite…


#8

Sing, Happy Trails to you Until we meet Again - Thank You 32Bit it’s been Fun :poop:


#9

You know, it isn’t that hard to name the alternative(s) to give some disillusioned users a hint to the right path. AFAIK Void Linux is the only possible choice.

Wait for meeee~~

Anyway, Thanks for everything and till next time when my current laptop dies and moving to 64-bit x86 is inevitable.


#10

Well, it depends on what you mean/need…
For example, Ubunut 16.04 (which supports 32) will still get security backports until 2021…


#11

Aren’t there still a ton of distros supporting x86? Did debian drop support?


#12

To be honest here I’m surprised that people are still using 32-bit x86 systems considering how old they are.


Manjaro v17.0.4 released
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#13

That’s the thing with a rolling release. You install it and it keeps going. :slight_smile:

I’ve got a number of bits of hardware that are happily doing the jobs they have always been. 32- vs 64-bit doesn’t affect that. I (personally) still hold out some forlorn hope that we’ll be able to use archlinux32 as an upstream package source.


#14

A lot of netbooks from a few years ago were still not supporting 64-bit. Ironically, many of them had 64-bit atom processors with the 64-bit support disabled.


#15

Why in Hell did they make netbooks like that?


#16

Debian 9 supports 32-bit and will be supported until 2022.


#17

At the time, that was the best compromise of low power, unit size and cost. Even Windows had a 32 bit win8.1. Many of those devices have 32 bit UEFI and there a lots of them just about ready for a second life with linux. Many can run 64 bit distros, but not usually OOTB. But a 32 bit OS gets more out of the meager 1 or 2 GB RAM, by almost 25% on my device.


#18

Windows 10 also has a 32-bit version.


#19

I’ve notice that they still make netbooks and other devices with only 2GB of memory and as little as 16GB eMCC of storage. Is it just me or has computering taken a few steps over the last few years? I find it to be rather strange that I can buy a 4 or 5 year notebook from Newegg that’s much faster then something that is brand new.


#20

Those systems must crawl.


#21

Seems Archlinux32 will then the way to go. They even plan to support i586 at some point.


#22

Hi @philm,
Some applications usually need 32 bit libraries. After this event, how do they work?


#23

By keeping [multilib] repo


#24

I guess it could be mentioned in the news article or something?


#25

manjaro-i686-x64

Only Torrent downloads


#26

That was me. I kept downloading the 32-bit version by accident. :grin: