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    32-bit Support for Debian being dropped...

    In an announcement post, Debian project has revealed that Debian GNU/Linux operating system is dropping support for older 32-bit CPUs. The users using the older i486 or i586 architectures are advised to move to Debian 8 “Jessie”, which should support the older processors until 2020.
    Debian Is Dropping Support For Older 32-bit Hardware In Debian 9

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    Well, if any distro can pull this off, Debian is all that.

    Was looking to install Deb 8.4, onto a T4200 based Dell Laptop, searched for Debian, came here.

    So many times I've installed other 64 bit distros (Kubuntu, mostly, so by and large a Debian derivative). Most often, even if 64 bit distros install correctly, they tend to fudge up over time. Example: lately, all Kubuntu 14.04 (32/64) is having dialog window issues, and I cannot stand 64 bit 16.04, so I was hoping KDE over Debian could be a solution for me.

    Off to research how to get BCM4312 installed in Deb. Damned BCM4312.

    Thanks for the post!

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    No problem.


    Though this could pose a potential issue for the Raspberry Pi and related mini Computer systems, since many of them, their "defacto" standard OS are based on Debian, and the SoC's they use, often times, are 32-bit only, and not using 64-bit capable CPU's and subsystems.

    So for the time being and foreseeable future, those platforms and devices will have to be using older variants of Debian for their base OS, or move to another version with better updates.

    Or, for the next device/product line, move to 64-bit hardware, and retain debian as their base OS that way.

    Which, may be easier for some moving to newer 64-bit hardware, while for others, it may be easier to just recompile or build a newer OS specializing in 32-bit hardware.

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    Seems that Debian also has decent Raspberry Pi following.

    https://raspbian.org/

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    Yeah, since posting I've gotten a Raspberry Pi 3, which is 64-bit capable, and runs Raspbian, briefly tested it out and runs fine, though haven't implemented it yet for any projects, of which I have several in mind.

    A friend also bought me a Pi Zero, which I'll hopefully get once I head up to his place in a month or two when he finally gets the rest of his parts for his new game PC, for me to help him build and get up and running.

    Those Pi Zero's though I think are only 32-bit, but have a few projects in mind for it. Though need to get a hold of a few more, maybe half dozen or so Pi Zero's when I can, if I can.

    Damn things are so small, yet capable, and cheap, I have a whole slew of ideas I can use them for. Nice part is some of the accessories and addons for them are pretty cheap too.

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