Linux Mint 20 to drop support for 32-bit systems
6 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 4 facts | 1 comments | 14 votes

  • Linux Mint 20 will only be able to be released in 64-bit. - blog.linuxmint.com
  • Linux Mint 19.x is already available in 32-bit and it can be used until 2023. - blog.linuxmint.com
  • Ubuntu (which Linux Mint is based on) will also be dropping 32-bit support in its 19.10 release. - news.hoxly.com
  • Linux Mint has confirmed plans to drop support for 32-bit release in the near future - www.omgubuntu.co.uk

kyle - 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Well this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. The problem with having so many distributions based on Ubuntu is that they largely just have to go along with whatever Ubuntu decides. I expect that Zorin, elementary, KDE Neon, etc. will all drop support for 32-bit machines.

In this specific case I'm not too concerned because I can't imagine why anyone would still be running 32-bit hardware, but more generally I wish that there were more distros based on pure Debian instead.

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john - 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Yeah, I think a big reason that Debian isn't as popular is mainly due to its resistance to include any non-free software by default. Although, I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult for downstream projects to just active the non-free stuff. The Debian installer also leaves a lot to be desired though.
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