Ubuntu Changed their stand in dropping support of 32-bit i386 Packages

Ubuntu gave a press release about their stand for 32-bit i386 packages. They will be building selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS. But not a full one.

Last week, Canonical announced that they will completely dropping support for 32-bit (i386) hardware architectures in future Ubuntu Linux releases, starting with the upcoming Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) operating system.

After this announcement, many of the users started complaining about how they will be able to run the 32-bit apps and games on upcoming Ubuntu releases.

At the same time, after three days. Valve announced that Ubuntu 19.10 and future releases will not be officially supported by Steam or recommended to their users.

They will evaluate ways to minimize breakage for existing users, but they will switch to a different distribution, currently TBD.

Ubuntu has reversed their decision based on the community response.

However, they are still sticking into their stand that they won’t release 32-bit install ISOs or provide 32-bit library support.

Moreover, they suggested users to use the LTS release until supports. Meanwhile plan to migrate your 32-bit applications to 64-bit as you will be getting an enough time to do.

If you still want to run certain 32-bit apps in Ubuntu after 18.04 LTS. It suggests users to go with universal package options like Flatpaks, Snaps, etc,.

They said, they will work closely with the WINE, Ubuntu Studio and gaming communities to use container technology to address the ultimate end of life of 32-bit libraries.

Also, they have listed out their concern and challenges for building about 32-bit packages.

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