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When will 32bit support end on fedora?

asked 2017-05-04 15:54:57 -0600

ThanosApostolou gravatar image

updated 2017-05-05 03:13:57 -0600

I've been thinking about switching my 32bit laptop from manjaro to fedora. I'm planning to use it for at least 1.5 more years, until I get a new one. So I want to be able to update it at fedora 27 and 28 when they get released. Will fedora i386 be supported then? I've read on the internet that fedora is about to drop 32bit support but I haven't seen any specific day or release from any official sources.

Thx in advance.

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Processors are 64 bit for more than a decade now, I do not see a reason why you would want to use a distribution compiled for i386 architecture on a relatively new machine.

bob gravatar imagebob ( 2017-05-04 17:48:06 -0600 )edit

support for Fedora Server for 32 bit systems has already been dropped as of Fedora 24.

Here is a discussion of relevant Fedora people about dropping i686 support for the Workstation Edition. You can be sure that it will be dropped - question is only when... If I was you, I would assume 32bit install media will be created for at least 1 more year.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-05-04 23:13:19 -0600 )edit

@bob On low-memory machines, it can make sense to run a 32bit edition of Fedora instead of 64bit.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-05-04 23:14:25 -0600 )edit

@bob No no, sorry if I didn't explain it well, the machine is more than 10 years old and 32bit only capable. What I said is that I will take a new 64bit laptop in about 1.5 years so I need 32bit support on my old laptop at least until fedora 28.

ThanosApostolou gravatar imageThanosApostolou ( 2017-05-05 02:45:08 -0600 )edit

@florian thx for the links. Well arch/manjaro is dropping 32bit support on November. Since I use the xfce desktop the only question for me is Fedora Xfce or Xubuntu. I'm not familiar with fedora's polices but is it possible, even after Fedora Workstation (Gnome edition) drops 32bit support, that the rest community spins like the xfce one to continue provide 32bit ISOs?

ThanosApostolou gravatar imageThanosApostolou ( 2017-05-05 02:48:40 -0600 )edit

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answered 2017-05-05 13:57:56 -0600

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There are no current plans to fully drop 32-bit on Fedora. Some of the spins have dropped it, so for example, you can't get a 32-bit server install ISO. See for some details. For now, if you want a 32-bit install, your best option is to use to do a network install. And if you already have an install, you don't need an installer image to do upgrades.

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Thx for answer. You convinced me and I installed fedora 26 32bit on my laptop (I find it more stable than arch even thought it's alpha release). I like live images, apart from just net installers, because they can be used for recovery too. I saw that there is an option for non-pae kernel in the grub menu which is used for really old hardware (mine has pae support) so that makes me believe that 32bit support will be around at least for the near future. I will mark your answer as correct, but feel free to update it if you learn anything new about this matter.

ThanosApostolou gravatar imageThanosApostolou ( 2017-05-06 12:26:30 -0600 )edit

What will be dropped at some point are the 32bit install media - the libraries will be maintained much longer...

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-05-08 08:01:53 -0600 )edit

It seems like Fedora 32bit is coming to its end sooner:

ThanosApostolou gravatar imageThanosApostolou ( 2017-07-12 15:36:15 -0600 )edit

There is a proposed change to drop the 32-bit kernel for F27, but it will most likely be bumped to F28. The 32-bit userspace will continue to be built, so worst case, you would have to build your own kernels if you wish to continue using a system that is only 32-bit.

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2017-07-12 16:50:36 -0600 )edit

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