raymac46 Posted May 16, 2017 Share Posted May 16, 2017 (edited) It's been a long time coming, but the sun is finally starting to set on the 32 bit Linux O/S. Certain distros have already dropped 32 bit support; others are cutting out the oldest categories of 32 bit processor. Does this affect you or bother you? I have a couple of netbooks - now about 8 years old - that use 32 bit first generation Atoms. That is it for my current hardware stash. However my daughter has a perfectly good Dell Dimension 8400 desktop system from 2004 that I would like to repurpose for her to donate. It only supports 32 bit O/S. Of more concern than Linux itself is support for 32 bit software. Already you can't run Google Chrome 32 although Chromium is still out there. One of my favorite uses for Linux has always been fixing up old hardware. The original machines I installed Linux on back when I started are now at least 15 years old - some would be 20. Maybe they'd still be OK as a file or print server but forget using them as desktops. As usual, it appears that there is a rolling 10 year fixer upper window for Linux and old machines. Right now AntiX is one of the go-to distros for the netbooks, and I'd like to try Lubuntu on the Dell my daughter has. The way looks to be clear up until Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. That would take me with support up to 2021 or longer and that would be the most anyone could expect from an old machine I think. But it definitely is Twilight Time. Edited May 16, 2017 by raymac46 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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