Arch Linux terminated its support for 32-Bit systems

In January, it was announced that Arch Linux will end its support for 32-Bit systems. Decreasing popularity is the reason behind this.

What is Arch Linux?

Arch Linux is composed predominantly of free and open-source software, and supports community involvement.

RIP 32bit arch linux

The design approach of the development team follows the KISS principle (“keep it simple, stupid”) as the general guideline, and focuses on elegance, code correctness, minimalism and simplicity, and expects the user to be willing to make some effort to understand the system’s operation.A package manager written specifically for Arch Linux, pacman, is used to install, remove and update software packages.

Arch Linux uses a rolling release model, such that a regular system update is all that is needed to obtain the latest Arch software; the installation images released by the Arch team are simply up-to-date snapshots of the main system components.


After a 9 month deprecation period, finally it ended.

“By the end of November, i686 packages will be removed from our mirrors and later from the packages archive”

In other words, Arch Linux 32-bit will stop getting any updates starting today. By the end of this month, Arch Linux distribution will only work on computers based on the x86_64 architectures i.e. 64-bit systems. The 32-bit Arch install will not get any kind of updates or install any program, practically making them useless.

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