[arch-dev-public] News draft for i686 deprecation, rev. 2

Sven-Hendrik Haase sh at lutzhaase.com
Wed Jan 25 10:14:22 UTC 2017

On 25 January 2017 at 08:54, Bartłomiej Piotrowski
<bpiotrowski at archlinux.org> wrote:
> 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
> [archlinux-ports][1] mailing list and Freenode IRC channel will be used
> for further coordination.
> [1]: https://lists.archlinux.org/listinfo/arch-ports

I kept up to date a bit with what people around the net are thinking
about this draft and it appears there is some confusion as to whether
[multilib] will be affected by this. I propose adding the following

"The [multilib] repositories will not be affected by this change."

More information about the arch-dev-public mailing list