Just yesterday, Manjaro Project Leader Philip Muller released Manjaro Linux 17.0.3, which is the final release of Gellivera, after two months of development. This release brings improved hardware detection, installer fixes, and the addition of the latest packages. Overall, this release has polished Manjaro as a whole.
Manjaro is dropping 32-bit support
This release has also come with a bad news for some people. As a result of the decreasing popularity of i686 hardware among the users and developers, the project has decided to drop the support for 32-bit machines.
As a result, Manjaro 17.0.3 is the last ISO that you can install on 32-bit machines. During the months of Septemeber and October, which will be the depreciation period, Manjaro 32-bit installs will still be receiving updates. After that, the architecture will be unsupported.
It’s worth noting that Manjaro parent distro Arch Linux has itself dropped the support for 32-bit machines. As Manjaro depends heavily on Arch packages, this change makes sense.
What else is new in Manjaro 17.0.3?
Manjaro 17.0.3 ships with the default Linux 4.9 series, Xorg-Stack from v1.19 series, Plasma 5, updated graphical package managers, improvements in Manjaro Tools & Profiles, and more.
Are you using a 32-bit machine? Did you find this announcement disheartening? Don’t forget to share your views and suggestions.