good news for gamers

by Kelvin
Canonical Ubuntu (logos)

Canoncial said it would withdraw support for 32-bit packages on its Ubuntu, but the community was a bit on top because there were still many users who depended on these types of packages. It is true that it is the tendency of most developers, abandoning old packages to focus efforts on modern ones. But 32-bit seems to be complicated to forget …


Following the complaints, Canonical reflected and said he would leave support in Ubuntu 19.xx and that would eliminate it in Ubuntu 20.xx. After this small truce or delay in the cessation of this type of packages, now it seems that Canonical will take it even more calmly and leave some 32-bit packages even in Ubuntu 20 and beyond. Some like Valve said that if they did not maintain support they would leave the platform, and the gaming world is still very dependent on this in many older games.

Now it is known that in Ubuntu 20.04 there will still be 32-bit packages, but it will be a somewhat smaller list, leaving those that are abandoned without maintenance and that they can cause security and stability issues for the distro. That is, if you keep the packages happy to many users, but you also generate other problems. The containers could solve these problems. I hope you look for a good compromise.

If you want See the complete list of 32-bit packets that will be available you can see it here. But I anticipate that the gamers are in luck. The gaming world will continue to have packages such as the Unity and Godot graphics engines, some other drivers, and also SDL 2, Wine, DXVK, Steam, MESA packages, etc. That is, most of the critical packages for which many feared.

How will it affect you? The truth is that if you have a computer with 64-bit chip and you are not too dependent on that software it will not affect you at all. If you are dependent on a 32-bit package that is not on the list, consider looking for a 64-bit alternative …

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