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Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0

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#1 Angoid


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 08:14 AM

Security-centric distro also has some fixes in new version 2.10

The privacy-paranoid Linux distribution Tails has decided it's time to send 32-bit distributions the way of the 8086, from the planned June release of version 3.0.

Tails' developers offer two reasons in their announcement: make the distro safer and save previous developer resources.

The group explains that at the start of 2016, its bug report system WhisperBack gathered data that a mere four per cent of Tails users were on 32-bit systems.

That, the group says, meant that fixing compatibility bugs isn't worth the effort.

Tails has been using a 64-bit Linux kernel for a while on machines that support it, the post says. But all other programs included in Tails so far were built for 32-bit processors, and compatibility issues kept arising.


Announcement on the TAILS site itself:

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