The end is near for 32-bit Chrome on Linux. In a blog post Google announced they will no longer support 32-bit Chrome starting March 2016. The 32-bit web browser will still work but you won’t be getting updates or security patches. The official statement from Google is below.
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.
This isn’t all that unexpected as most users are already running a 64-bit system but for those who are still working with a 32-bit system this could put a wrench in things for them. There are some out there who don’t feel the need to update to the latest and greatest hardware and their 32-bit systems are working just fine, such as this person.
Well then, farewell Chrome! If I can not use the same browser on all my platforms, I will not use it at all. Firefox might be slower, but it works on my old 32bit only laptop.
What do you think of 32-bit Chrome on Linux being retired? Do you still use a 32-bit system? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.