The goodbye of Chrome has arrived in 32 bits

As we already announced, on March 1, Chrome support for 32-bit linux and for Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 ended. If this is your case, change your browser to stay safe.

As we already announced, on March 1, Chrome support for 32-bit linux and for Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 ended. If this is your case, change your browser to stay safe.

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.


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  1.   Walter Larios said

    Perfect, it's time to make the change to Chromium, sometimes it is difficult to understand why to leave widely used systems such as 32bits without support

    1.    azpe said

      It could also be due to some planned obsolescence tactic now that I think about it. The thing is that you keep buying, buying and buying and Google knows well about this.

      The biggest case of obsolescence that I have ever seen has been in Android, I remember in 2011 a Samsung Galaxy Ace, to which you could put a lot of applications and games. You take it now, install WhatsApp and you've already run out of internal memory, because the damn Google Play services occupy three-quarters of the phone's memory. You buy a 4GB ram mobile to do the same as the 256 MB one 4 years ago, that is, for WhatsApp, browsing, instagram and some game (which is not usually good, but a question or candy crush).

      In the case of PCs, Google is more interested in buying the new Android tablet to navigate than using your old 512 mega Ram computer with Lubuntu.

      1.    leoramirez59 said

        Hehehe… do you also play Candy Crush ??

        1.    azpe said

          Na lately I hardly even use my mobile, I have a totally wasted 4 GB Ram Asus mobile.

  2.   mircocaloghero said

    To think that in the office computer I can perfectly run linuxmint 17 with cinnamon, but chrome warns me that it will stop supporting 32 bits :(
    But as Azpe says, there are alternatives ...

  3.   angelrell369 said

    The world evolves and medical technological things too, but I think that if they remove 32-bit support from Linux, this should also be removed from Windows 32-bit otherwise it is discrimination. And it is true that in the world there are still 32-bit computers for domestic use for simple activities such as browsing, writing small jobs or having a good time listening to music, although it must be understood that these types of companies dedicate their efforts to innovation and innovation. Modern consumerism, that is why it is necessary to migrate to a new alternative that points to the modern without demanding exaggerated changes such as changes in architecture. I think that the 32bits still has about 4 more years left until the ram memories are damaged and cannot be acquired in the technology centers. And in this way we have to undo all the cpu. In the end this is the trend ...

    1.    azpe said

      And there will always be some second-hand seller who has old RAM and there will always be some super lightweight distribution that will throw away 32 megabytes of RAM. When 32-bit systems will surely end is in the year 2038, due to the famous computer error similar to Y2K. However, I give it between 4 and 8 years of real life.
      And what about Windows, you know, they have many users of which many do not even know how to create a folder, to teach them what the support or the alternatives are. Those users Google puts it as chewed up as possible.

  4.   Germán said

    A question. I reinstalled on an old 32 bit, obviously a Linux Mint, and of course I can't install Google Chrome. It turns out that it is the only browser in which you can watch Netflix. (After a lot of work I ended up installing Netflix Deskpot, which is not working well at all)

    The question is: could it be that there is no single website that contains the Google Chrome package to install offline for Linux / Ubuntu?

    Google will not support it but the browser will continue to work and the risk of using it just to properly watch Netflix is ​​negligible on a home PC.

    1.    Anto said

      Good German. I am exactly like you. I have Netflix and the only browser that had the necessary packages to play that content was Chrome.
      I installed the Netflix Desktop but it is going pretty bad, decent but Chrome was better.

      I saw that with Chromium it was still possible to reproduce but downloading some BETA packages if I remember correctly. I do not know what I did that now Chromium is quite slow for me now. Total, Netflix Desktop for now until you find a definitive solution.

      If you know something you could comment (so helpful and such), I will do the same haha.
      A greeting.

      1.    German Battle said

        Anto
        We are exactly the same. Chromium couldn't get it to work, I tried various things and nothing.

        What seems really incredible to me is that there is not a single website that has the package to install offline.
        Over there I saw something about compiling Chrome from source, but couldn't find it.

        We will continue to wait for Chromium to support it natively

        1.    Anto said

          What a remedy ... let's hope it happens soon at least. It also surprises me, even from Opera itself, which supposedly also supports Netflix and the browser is quite prepared in terms of performance and others, but for multimedia web content issues and others only Chrome worked.