Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Dec 2015 00:37 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Google

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.

The first signs of the end of 32bit are on the wall - starting with Linux. I wonder how long Google will continue to support 32bit Chrome on Windows. For some strange reason, Microsoft is still selling 32bit Windows 10.

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Milan Kerslager
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2009-11-20

The main reason is that there is a lot of new hardware production that is 32bit only. A lot of tablets, All-in-1 and low-end notebooks has 2GB od RAM, 32bit CPU and 32GB of flash storage. This is simply no-go for 64bit version of Windows.
There is a memory pressure for 64bit system (you have to have two kind of supporting libraries in memory together). There is storage pressure (the 64bit code is much longer/sparse than 32bit because of longer addresses). And the Intel still selling badly manufactured (ie. half broken) CPUs as "32bit" I believe (besides 32bit only production).

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