Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community,
we have decided to phase out the support of this architecture.
The decision means that February ISO will be the last that allows to install 32
bit Arch Linux. The next 9 months are deprecation period, during which i686 will
be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging and
repository tools will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively
making i686 unsupported.
However, as there is still some interest in keeping i686 alive, we would like to
encourage the community to make it happen with our guidance. The [arch-ports]
mailing list and #archlinux-ports IRC channel on Freenode will be used for
The [multilib] repository will not be affected by this change.
The new version comes with the following changes:
* xf86-input-libinput is the default input driver, however synaptics, evdev
and wacom are still available.
* These packages are deprecated and moved to AUR: xf86-input-joystick, xf86
-input-acecad, xf86-video-apm, xf86-video-ark, xf86-video-chips, xf86-video-
glint, xf86-video-i128, xf86-video-i740, xf86-video-mach64, xf86-video-neomagic,
xf86-video-nv, xf86-video-r128, xf86-video-rendition, xf86-video-s3, xf86-video-
s3virge, xf86-video-savage, xf86-video-siliconmotion, xf86-video-sis, xf86
-video-tdfx, xf86-video-trident, xf86-video-tseng