Canonical’s announcement to leave 32 bit architecture on Ubuntu 19.10 and Ubuntu 20.04 LTS caused a stir in the world of Linux distributions. In fact Clem Lefebvre, head of the Linux Mint project, announced that from Linux Mint 20 onwards there will no longer be support for this architecture.
It should be remembered that Linux Mint 20 will be based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Consequently, Canonical’s decision can be a definitive step to advance from the already lethargic 32-bit x86.
Although only a week ago it was announced that support for 32-bit applications would end, now things have changed a bit in the system. In a post announcing the change, Lefebvre assures that most users are happy with the decision to leave 32 bits behind.
The decision makes a lot of sense from a time perspective. 64-bit processors have been available on the market since 2003, and the vast majority of equipment on sale today is ready for 64-bit operating systems.
Linux Mint on older computers
If you are a Linux Mint user with a computer that does not support 64-bit architecture, no problem. It is possible to stay on Linux Mint 19, 19.1, 19.2, or 19.3 until the end of its useful life, in 2023.
In the event that you want to continue using your hardware beyond that date, you should consider switching distro.