A simple, lightweight distribution for 32-bit CPUs

You've reached the website for Arch Linux 32, the community maintained continuation of 32-bit support for Arch Linux, a lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.

Currently we have official packages optimized for the i686 and pentium4 architectures. Also most(ly) non-graphical packages are available for i486, too. Have a look at the required cpu flags to decide which architecture is the right one for you. Most packages from Arch Linux's community-operated package repository are also compatible with Arch Linux 32.

Instructions for the transition from Arch Linux to Arch Linux 32 can be found here.

Installation media which boot on x86_64 and i686 can be found here.

Join us on #archlinux32 IRC channel on Freenode, check out our forums or subscribe to the mailing list to get your feet wet. Also glance through the Arch Wiki if you want to learn more about upstream Arch.

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Moving to Zstandard images by default on mkinitcpio


As linux-lts moved to the 5.10 version, all official kernels of Arch Linux now support zstd compressed initramfs images, so mkinitcpio is switching to zstd compressed images by default with version 30, which is currently on [testing].

If, for any reason, you are using a kernel version prior to 5.9, make sure to change mkinitcpio.conf COMPRESSION to use one of the compressors supported, like gzip, otherwise you will not be able to boot images generated by mkinitcpio.

glibc 2.33 ISA mitigation and disabled libseccomp


glibc 2.33 introduced a CPU ISA level guessing at compile and runtime.
We are at the moment disabling this completely, as it fails in guessing
too high ISA levels and resulting in:

/usr/lib/libc.6: CPU ISA level is lower than required.

Also libseccomp support has been disabled for now, notably in
the OpenSSH sandbox (uses the rlimit one for now) and in
file/libmagic till the libcsecomp rules are adapted. The effects

* unable to login via SSH
* EBADSYS errors when executing file

Chromium losing Sync support in early March


Google has announced that they are going to block everything but Chrome from accessing certain Google features (like Chrome sync) starting on March 15. This decision by Google is going to affect Arch's chromium package a bit earlier, on March 2, when Chromium 89 gets released.

We know for sure that data syncing will stop working (passwords, bookmarks, etc.). Other features such as geolocation or enhanced spell check might continue to function for a bit longer. Extensions integrating with Google Drive might misbehave and LibreOffice will lose access to documents stored there.

Other distros such as openSUSE and Fedora have already removed the soon-to-be-limited API keys from their Chromium 88 packages. Fedora's advisory provides a great deal of perspective on this and I also found this Hackaday post to be quite informative.

PHP 8.0 and PHP 7 legacy packages are available


The php package has been updated to version 8.0. Please refer to the upstream migration guide. As some applications are not compatible with PHP 8 yet we provide a php7 package which can be installed alongside version 8. Packages that depend on PHP reflect this update and will require php7 if needed. You might need to update your configuration accordingly. PHP 7 binaries and configuration have the "7" suffix:

  • /usr/bin/php -> /usr/bin/php7
  • /etc/php -> /etc/php7
  • /usr/bin/php-fpm -> /usr/bin/php-fpm7
  • /usr/lib/systemd/system/php-fpm.service -> /usr/lib/systemd/system/php-fpm7.service
  • /run/php-fpm -> /run/php-fpm7

We also provide third party modules compiled for PHP 7:

Note that support for php7 will be limited and likely be dropped in about a year depending on how soon the majority of applications will be compatible with version 8.

Older News

Manual pages indexing service
Arch Linux mailing list id changes
dhcpcd may(?) fail to get ipv4 address
plasma-workspace needs manual intervention
Accessible installation medium
libtraceevent>=5.9-1 update requires manual intervention
nvidia 455.28 is incompatible with linux >= 5.9
ghostpcl>=9.53.2-2 and ghostxps>=9.53.2-2 updates require manual intervention
Arch Conf 2020 schedule
Watch out for missing /usr/lib/libcrypt.so.2
PAM issues
Update to glibc 2.31 works now, but requires libseccomp 2.4.1-4.0
Recovered forum posts
ca-certificates-mozilla update breaking basic TLS functionality
conflicting files between xorgproto and libxp
SPI associated project
infrastructure problems
new pacman will auto-install pentium4 packages
pentium4 architecture available
libreadline was moved too early
icu broken

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iproute2 5.11.0-1.0 i686
breeze 5.21.1-1.0 i686
composer 2.0.11-1.0 i686
kscreen 5.21.1-1.0 i686
gnome-code-assistance 2:3.16.1+14+gaad6437-1.0 i686
cargo-spellcheck 0.7.1-1.0 i686
oxygen 5.21.1-1.0 i686
python-tempora 4.0.2-1.0 i686
ksysguard 5.21.1-1.0 i686
geoip-database 20210223-1.0 i686
babeltrace2 2.0.4-1.0 i686
grub 2:2.04-10.0 i686
geoip-database-extra 20210223-1.0 i686
gnome-code-assistance 2:3.16.1+14+gaad6437-1.0 pentium4
breeze 5.21.1-1.0 pentium4