The options for discrete teams are disappearing: Fedora also abandons 32-bits

Fedora without 32-bit

If you have a discreet computer, you are out of options. It is true that there will still be some for many years, but there are many Linux distributions that will no longer release 32-bit versions of their operating system. One of the first to abandon this architecture was Arch Linux, but others will abandon it in a few weeks, such as Ubuntu, whose Eoan Ermine this month will no longer include any flavor in 32-bit version (although Ubuntu MATE does launch special things). The next to do it, Fedora.

The first time the Fedora developer team set out remove the 32-bit It was in 2017, when they were preparing Fedora 27. The latest 32-bit version wanted to know if the community was interested, but they are not. For this reason, and because most hardware already supports 64-bit, 32-bit will no longer be available in another of the more popular Linux operating systems.

The community is not interested in a 32-bit version of Fedora

Justin Forbes, who is in charge of maintaining the Fedora kernel, explains it like this:

There are not enough community members willing to do the work to maintain the architecture. Don't worry though: Fedora doesn't drop all 32-bit packets. Many i686 packages are still being created to ensure things like multilib, wine, and Steam continue to work.

In a few sentences, Forbes gives all the important information: since there is no interest, leave 32-bits, But that does not mean that applications of that architecture will not be able to run. And, as we saw when Canonical suggested that it would abandon 32-bits completely, including applications that were only available in that architecture, users complained because there is still important software that uses it, such as Wine or many games available on Steam. .

Thus, it seems that the intention of practically all distributions is to focus only on 64-bits and only when we do not have to sacrifice anything important will they stop offering support completely. Of course, the worst part will be taken by older computers that will not be able to install the modern versions of Fedora, Ubuntu, Arch Linux or any popular operating system. They already say it: renew or die.

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