December 1 in this blog, we announced that Google Chrome support for 32 bits would come to an end from March of this year. Time passes very quickly and March has already arrived, therefore, the support is over.
Also se ended Chrome support on Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7. The good news is that Chromium continues to function properly and will continue to be supported on these bits.
The end of support does not mean that the browser stops working, but that no more security updates on the 32 bits. The downside of this is that you will be vulnerable to attacks by hackers, who surely know about this news and surely take advantage of it to attack 32-bit Linux systems that have Chrome installed.
This seems to me an error on the part of Google, I already said it in December and I repeat it now, the 32 bits still have life, especially in computers with low resources and with this Google is going to lose users and market share.
The advice I give you is to change your browser right now if you have 32 bits and use Chrome. The most similar alternative is evidently ChromiumHowever, options like Mozilla Firefox are quite attractive and safer to navigate.
The reason for you to change is that although you can continue using the browser, you will be exposed to security flawsIn addition to the fact that Chrome is highly overrated and there are browsers like Firefox that tend to work even better.
As for the 32 bits, although many people leave them for dead and some distributions will abandon them forever, I believe that they still have a lot of war to give. There are a lot of people who continue to use 32 bits, either for economic reasons, for convenience or because they simply want to take advantage of an old machine for something more than to accumulate dust.
We will have to look to the future to see what happens with 32 bits, to see if more companies join Google in this action or on the contrary, they continue to think of these users. Time will tell.