Google to end support for Chrome for 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise 12.04, and Debian 7 wheezy in March 2016
Google has announced a move that is not going to go down well, amongst Linux users.
The Mountain View company says it will be ending support for its Chrome browser for 32-bit Linux computers.
The company has singled out some popular distros, which will be affected by the move. Google will end support for Google Chrome on Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in March 2016. The company says that users may continue to use the browser, but it will not be patched with security updates or bug fixes.
The statement was followed by a reassuarance, which says that:
We intend to continue supporting the 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium.
What this means is that other browsers which are built based on the code of the Google Chromium open source project, could function on 32-bit PCs. But it could also mean that the company’s own Chrome OS and Android platforms, and the devices running them, which use 32-bit hardware, will continue to be supported.
Linux isn’t just for programmers. User friendly distros like Ubuntu are used by many home users, who cannot afford to upgrade their PCs, and by those who wish to rejuvanate their slowing PCs with a speedy operating system. Think of it as a budget friendly way to keep a computer up and running for basic needs like email, web browsing, entertainment and computation, and even gaming.
Naturally, Google’s decision to end support for Chrome on 32-bit Linux, is already drawing flak from users who use 32-bit computers. This however could be great news for the likes of Mozilla Firefox, which works on 32 and 64 bit systems alike. So it is highly likely, that we could see many users jumping ship from Chrome to Firefox.
If your PC is capable of running 64-bit operating systems, your best bet is to upgrade to a newer Linux distro, else you will have to make a switch to a different browser, like I mentioned above.
The latest stable version of Ubuntu is 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), and of Debian is 8 (jessie). We strongly advise readers to use the latest version of the operating systen for security and stability.
On a side note, Google is also ending support for Chrome for Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 in March 2016. But that is not exactly breaking news, as the Mountain View company announced the move back in April 2014, and has actually extended support for XP, by 3 months.