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Why is there no live image for fedora 27 for 32bit PCs?

asked 2017-11-15 21:01:23 -0500

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updated 2017-11-15 21:01:59 -0500

Why is there no live image for fedora 27 for 32bit PCs?

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answered 2017-11-15 22:21:07 -0500

updated 2017-11-15 22:22:48 -0500

Because 32-bit x86 processors are no longer in production and many major distributions, including Fedora, are phasing out support for them as supporting them chews up their already limited resources. Nowadays only a relative minority of PCs still use such processors. Frankly in 10 years I expect only Debian, maybe Gentoo and some distributions designed for old PCs will still be supporting 32-bit x86 processors.

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answered 2017-11-16 13:49:17 -0500

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The 32-bit x86 processors are still (as of F26) supported as secondary architecture. This means that

  • Problems with i386 architecture won't stop a Fedora release
  • The new version might be launched a bit later that the primary architectures
  • ISO images might not be released at the main launch date

Right now the live images are not available but last time (F26) they appeared pretty soon after the main release. Just wait and see. They might appear soot (or not).

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This is what im wondering, if there are plans to make the image.

tamesu gravatar imagetamesu ( 2017-11-17 00:03:53 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-11-16 14:06:41 -0500

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updated 2017-11-16 14:14:48 -0500

Fedora 27 Workstation will still ship with a 32-bit installer. It is available from the download site. Currently, there is only the netinstall image available but I am confident that there will be a Live ISO some time soon.

Here is the direct link to the iso (better use mirror system).

There is no more 32-bit installer for the server edition.

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Fedora should seriously reconsider there not being a 32-bit installer for their server, they are losing out to Ubuntu

uche gravatar imageuche ( 2017-12-01 16:50:09 -0500 )edit

What server runs on 32 bit hardware these days. I have no figures but I would assume they are loosing nothing.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-12-01 17:17:11 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-12-01 16:05:20 -0500

uche gravatar image

The netinstall will load F27 on your usb stick. I didn't try my hard-drive. But after a day of updating, its good to dd on other usb sticks

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I mean F27 32 bit

uche gravatar imageuche ( 2017-12-01 16:06:38 -0500 )edit

Netinstall will install on either a hard disk or a USB.

After installation there is no need for updates since netinstall downloads the most recent packages during installation. That's the beauty of the netinstall.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-12-01 17:16:21 -0500 )edit

The Workstation is better than the live image. An encypted home partition, may seem nice, but who needs to keep dark secrets?

uche gravatar imageuche ( 2017-12-01 17:21:43 -0500 )edit

Em! Florian! How to stop continuous checks of recent packages on a limited life USB stick?

uche gravatar imageuche ( 2017-12-01 17:29:18 -0500 )edit

But Linux users, especially Fedora users, must update packages after an initial install, because almost all packages will be out-of-date. I have complained about this, but nobody cares

uche gravatar imageuche ( 2017-12-01 17:38:38 -0500 )edit

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