Chromium engineer Dirk Pranke says Chrome is about to drop support for all 32-bit Linux distros soon. The open source version of Chrome (Chromium) is not affected. I use Google Chrome on the 32bit netbook for Netflix, and I need to either switch to Firefox or upgrade the netbook.

From the mailing list announcement:


Hi Everyone,

To provide the best experience for the most-used Linux versions, we will end support for Google Chrome on 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in early March, 2016. Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes.

We intend to continue supporting the 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium. If you are using Precise, we’d recommend that you to upgrade to Trusty.

Kind Regards,

— Dirk

You can still use 32-bit Chromium. It is time to retire 7-year old ultra-book, and try modern hardware. What about you? Are you affected by this new change?

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  • Taurus Jan 25, 2016 @ 6:23


  • JustNiz Jan 25, 2016 @ 18:22

    Seriously Is anyone still actually using 32 bit for anything? I mean even ARM chips are 64 bit these days.

    • James LaBarre Jan 27, 2016 @ 1:16

      Yes, my daughter’s computer at home is a Pentiium4 (HP ZX5000), running Linux Mint, which works quite well for what she needs it for (mainly for connecting to her school GoogleDocs account for schoolwork). I would say I’d just leave the GoogleChrome version at whatever the last supported version is, but you just **KNOW** the programming “geniuses” (and I use that term very loosely) at Google will manage to BREAK something in the later GDocs service so it no longer works with GChrome. Will just have to expect that FF or Chromium will continue to work then.

    • pig details Feb 4, 2016 @ 15:07

      Seriously yes, I love the Thinkpad x60, its absolutely tiny but has 11 connectors. And if you dock it you’ve got a total of 7 usb ports, and serial and parallel if you like connecting to ancient hardware. It’s the kind of thing you want in your toolbox next to your multimeter.

      It’s got ducts that redirect water straight through the laptop if you knock drinks over it and, if you need to swap parts, it all slots back together like the pieces of a gun. It’s certified for a 4 ft drop onto concrete, and also for use on the ISS. Titanium shell.

      It’s branded IBM, not Lenovo, so it’s a piece of history that can somehow still handle Ubuntu’s GUI in 2016. I run Ubuntu Studio with xfce and the low-latency kernel and it really flies (especially with an internal SSD.) Dual boots with Windows 2008 server. As a second laptop for interfacing with old hardware I don’t think it can be beaten.

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