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Fedora 31 will abandon 32-bit architecture too!

The upcoming release of Fedora, version 31, will not deliver more 32-bit versions of the system, being yet another distro to be added to the list of operating systems offering only 64-bit versions, this should affect some internal packages as well, but it was a Expected step.

Justin Forbes from the Fedora project, announced on the distraction wiki is the change regarding architecture support, saying the Fedora project will no longer make bootable system images with i386 / i686 architecture, ending the 32-bit processor versions of the system, as well as not being updated any more. Kernels in this architecture.

What is the reason?

I think this is easy to guess, but Forbes explains in detail the basis of the decision:

"The i686 Kernel is limited in use in many ways, and currently most hardware supports 64-bit, this support has been under 'community supported' status by several Fedora releases so far, so it has turned out to be very little. tested, and with frequent issues appearing upstream. These bugs tend to go unnoticed and unattended for longer than usual.

When problems are encountered, they regularly take much longer to receive a fix, as they are considered 'low priority', which ultimately leaves the architecture lacking in important updates, providing people who use 32-bit with a 'worse experience'. that's desirable '.

With this new proposal, the 32-bit kernel will no longer be built, and the big difference to the end user is that there will be no more 32-bit ISOs available for download.

This proposal was made in Fedora 27 yet, but it has been avoided so far due to some compatibility issues that its absence would cause."

According to Justin Forbes, the change allows Fedora to release more tested versions of the kernel, as well as its updates, bug fixes become faster for security issues, allowing users to be exposed for less time or not at all. .

Consequences of the decision

Forbes knows that everything has a reaction, and some things may upset users, but emphasizes that it will still be possible to install 32-bit packages on Fedora 31, except Kernel packages.

This change implies some other things, such as:

– Fedora 30 32-bit users will not be able to upgrade to version 31, requiring reinstallation;

– Some older hardware will no longer be supported by Fedora.

In the end, this seems to be the path of all systems, this gradual transition is the exact same change that Ubuntu made in April 2018, different from what happened recentlywhere Canonical wanted to take, which is probably the second step in this process of architectural abandonment.

See you next time!


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