Maintenance staff: Fedora 31 or will give up supporting 32-bit kernel

Fedora is a standalone Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat and supported by the Fedora project community. It provides an out-of-the-box user experience with a GNOME desktop environment by default.

Modified by Fedora kernel maintainer Justin Forbes, Fedora 31 will remove the 32-bit kernel, but retain support for 32-bit programs, and if approved by the committee, will be released on Fedora 31, released in October.

As early as the release of Fedora 27 in 2017, it was discussed whether to give up 32-bit x86 kernel support. Some people think that because most x86 hardware supports 64-bit now, the use of the i686 kernel will be limited. If problems are found, it usually takes a long time to fix them, and because of its low priority, this may make A high-priority architecture waits to provide a less than ideal experience for those who choose to run a 32-bit kernel.

So now, it is proposed to no longer build the i686 kernel, leaving only the kernel header package, so that all 32-bit packages continue to build normally, but the main difference is that there is no longer a bootable 32-bit image, users will have to use a 64-bit kernel.

Fedora 31 will continue to be compatible with 32-bit drivers and applications, which is necessary for older printers that use 32-bit drivers, Wine and some closed source code software, the most obvious of which is the Steam platform game. application.So before Canonical announced that they intended to stop the production of all 32-bit software packages, and then repented, promised to build selected 32-bit i386 software packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS.

But not long ago, as mentioned in the Ubuntu transition event, when Ubuntu 19.10 and Fedora 31 were released, the first x86-64 processor would last for 16 years.

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