Rich Mingin (PLUG) on 17 May 2016 20:17:02 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Looking for help with Chrome on lubuntu 14.04 trusty i386

While they were shipping 32bit Windows, they weren't shipping 32bit hardware. Switching bitness, even on Windows, isn't brain surgery, just requires services of an expert, or at least a moderately skillful IT goon. You can even backup user state, apps and all, and restore it after the reinstall, and most everything will work, thanks to lots of man hours sunk into the infrastructure.

32bit hardware is rapidly becoming obsolete, but no one has shipped 32bit hardware lately, it's been quite a while for everything but the nearly-disposable very-low-end, Atoms and Celerons and such. All of the Core iX lines are 32/64, and the preceding Core2 generation were all 64bit. Very-low-end aside, the last 32bit only CPUs Intel shipped were Pentium 4s, and not even the late models of those.

If you're still on 32bit hardware, current low end is worth a look, you'll get much higher performance at a minimal cost.

On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 8:16 PM, Greg Helledy <> wrote:
Unfortunately, Chrome is the gateway to several multimedia-type services on linux, and the end of 32-bit Chrome is rendering a lot of machines unusable for those.

I posted last week about a new Dell 2-in-1, which I bought because my trusty laptop with its 32-bit Pentium M CPU, running the version of Mint based on 14.04, is finally functionally obsolete for me.  It seems that 2016 is shaping up to be the year when 32 bit computing can no longer be considered mainstream.

The big PC manufacturers were still delivering desktops and laptops with 32-bit versions of Windows up until fairly recently.  A lot of consumers bought them not knowing the difference, and some who did chose 32-bit since it offered better compatibility with older software (games, mostly).  I wonder whether these consumers are going to start running into trouble as software makers drop 32-bit versions?

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