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Some thoughts about this from me.

Some distributions no longer support 32-bit packages at all. This will probably be a path forward for many. While I understand GOG only support Ubuntu (Debian based distributions) for which this won't likely change any time soon, it is still annoying since Linux users playing games from GOG on 32-bit only systems are likely non-existent demographic at this point.

Anyone else?
Post edited August 05, 2018 by skmlcd
I still play games on a laptop that can run only 32-bit distributions ;)
But of course my main gaming machine uses a 64-bit OS.

If I were in charge, having both 32-bit + 64-bit builds would be a requirement for all new releases.
For older releases, sadly I think that not a lot could be done.
I hate it, saying they support those games is completely misleading. I took a gamble once with X3: Terran Conflict, to see if it would work on my crappy integrated graphics. After a lot of trial and error attempts on Ubuntu and a completely unhelpful contact with customer support, the only way to run it was Wine...
32 bit packages are still updated, least on Antergos that i am in. It's just that 32 bit distributions are no longer included, cept for Debian.
$man multiarch
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skmlcd: Some distributions no longer support 32-bit packages at all.
really? which distributions are that ?

the most obvious answer for that problem: find another distribution to fullfil your needs ...
Well, thankfully, libs are more compatible than you give them credit for (should they be set up right.)

And this isn't about cutting off 32-bit applications, but rather old architectures that nobody uses anyway. Fedora is getting rid of PPC64 as a compatible arch come next release.

What sucks more is when terrible build systems (like Travis) are used which try and build against some ancient version of libs. Nothing quite like trying to run a program only for it to ask for libcrypto 1 when that's been dead for years now.

If the kernel itself starts cutting arches you care about, that's probably a bigger concern.
Post edited August 06, 2018 by Darvond
Linux have perfect multiarch/multilib support.
Debian-based (including Ubuntu) distributions will support 32-bit packages in next decade, and maybe longer.

I will not worry about the issue.
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skmlcd: Some distributions no longer support 32-bit packages at all.
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immi101: really? which distributions are that ?
There are a few. KaOS is one that comes instantly in my mind.

https://kaosx.us/about/32bit/
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immi101: really? which distributions are that ?
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vanchann: There are a few. KaOS is one that comes instantly in my mind.

https://kaosx.us/about/32bit/
hm, that is a rather niche distribution targeted at a very specific audience: supporting only one toolkit, one DE and one architecture.
I don't think that supports the OPs claim that distributions dropping 32bit support is becoming a problem.
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vanchann: There are a few. KaOS is one that comes instantly in my mind.

https://kaosx.us/about/32bit/
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immi101: hm, that is a rather niche distribution targeted at a very specific audience: supporting only one toolkit, one DE and one architecture.
I don't think that supports the OPs claim that distributions dropping 32bit support is becoming a problem.
You're right.
I didn't even try to support anything though. KaOS was just a reference as existence of a pure 64bit distribution, since you asked earlier.