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

Bartłomiej Piotrowski bpiotrowski at archlinux.org
Wed Jan 25 13:54:24 UTC 2017

On 2017-01-25 11:14, Sven-Hendrik Haase wrote:
> 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
> sentence:
> "The [multilib] repositories will not be affected by this change."

I will include that in the final post news that I want to publish this
evening, unless there are more suggestions.


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