For the next release, Ubuntu Stop Offering 32-Bit ISO Images
Simplesysadmin.info. Ubuntu is a Linux Distro built based on Debian. Ubuntu is Linux Distro that open-source and have many uses such as for servers, clouds, Internet Of Thing (IoT) and even for dekstop. Ubuntu have 2 type system that runs on 32-bit and 64-bit architecture. But according to Canonical engineer’s Ubuntu -Dimitri John Ledkov- the next Ubuntu release, does not plan to offer 32-bit ISO installation image. The new Ubuntu OS version is Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvak).
Most Linux distros are running on 64-bit architectures
Ledkov explain that, it’s no longer most widely in used architecture on desktop, laptop and rack servers.
Ledkov also explain that Ubuntu website download pages have stopped provided i386 for dekstop, server or cloud. The Ubuntu 32-bit distributions are primarily used for purpose-built architectures such as IoT devices.
So, because of a decreasing market share in desktop and server, 32-bit (i386) architecture will be stop to make ISO images, according to Canoncical team.
= Continue to provide for i386 =
* The Ubuntu archive with security updates
* Ubuntu Core snappy architecture images
* Cloud images
* Container images
* Server subiquity img/iso
= Discontinue to provide for i386 =
* Server classic img/iso
* Desktop live
Based on Ledkov explanation in an internal mailing list discussion, that Canoncical does not plan to stop support for 32-bit architectures. They keep continue to offer security updates and bug fixes, but they won’t be offering new ISO images. Meanwhile, the Ubuntu OS that created to run on older computers, probably will continue to provide 32-bit ISO images, such as Lubuntu and Xubuntu.
Almost all Linux Distros are dropping 32-bit support
The Manjaro team, another Linux distro, is scheduled to drop support for 32-bit architectures altogether by the end of November 2017.
“The decision means that v17.0.3 ISO will be the last that allows to install 32 bit Manjaro Linux,” said Philip Müller, Manjaro OS Project Lead. “September and October will be our deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported.”
Tails OS and Arch Linux have already dropped support for 32-bit ISOs with the release of Tails 3.0 and 2017.02.01. Even Google dropped support for Chrome on 32-bit Linux platforms, way back in 2015, predicting the overall trend.