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.

Installation media which boot on i686 can be found here.

Join us on #archlinux32 IRC channel on Libera, 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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The sshd service needs to be restarted after upgrading to openssh-9.8p1


After upgrading to openssh-9.8p1, the existing SSH daemon will be unable to accept new connections (see https://gitlab.archlinux.org/archlinux/packaging/packages/openssh/-/issues/5).
When upgrading remote hosts, please make sure to restart the sshd service using systemctl try-restart sshd right after upgrading.

We are evaluating the possibility to automatically apply a restart of the sshd service on upgrade in a future release of the openssh-9.8p1 package.

Arch Linux 2024 Leader Election Results


Recently we held our leader election, and the previous Project Leader Levente "anthraxx" Polyák ran again while no other people were nominated for the role.

As per our election rules he is re-elected for a new term.

The role of of the project lead within Arch Linux is connected to a few responsibilities regarding decision making (when no consensus can be reached), handling financial matters with SPI and overall project management tasks.

Congratulations to Levente and all the best wishes for another successful term! 🥳

Increasing the default vm.max_map_count value


The vm.max_map_count parameter will be increased from the default 65530 value to 1048576.

This change should help address performance, crash or start-up issues for a number of memory intensive applications, particularly for (but not limited to) some Windows games played through Wine/Steam Proton. Overall, end users should have a smoother experience out of the box with no expressed concerns about potential downsides in the related proposal on arch-dev-public mailing list.

This vm.max_map_count increase is introduced in the 2024.04.07-1 release of the filesystem package and will be effective right after the upgrade.

Before upgrading, in case you are already setting your own value for that parameter in a sysctl.d configuration file, either remove it (to switch to the new default value) or make sure your configuration file will be read with a higher priority than the /usr/lib/sysctl.d/10-arch.conf file (to supersede the new default value).

xz backdoor in Archlinux32


The xz versions 5.6.0 and 5.6.1 should be considered harmful in Archlinux32,
especially the last versions installed:


Make sure that the following versions  or newer are installed:


Older News

The xz package has been backdoored
mkinitcpio hook migration and early microcode
Making dbus-broker our default D-Bus daemon
Bugtracker migration to GitLab completed
Incoming changes in JDK / JRE 21 packages may require manual intervention
Changes to default password hashing algorithm and umask settings
ansible-core >= 2.15.3-1 update may require manual intervention
Shim packages required for 'icu'
New package signing keys
Git Migration
upstream git migration
In case of key problems
Dropping Haskell
OpenSSL 3.0.7
systemd 251.2 breaks logins
CA certificates file is empty
ISO 2022.02.01 available
error while loading shared libraries: libicui18n.so.68
Warning about upgrading to zstd 1.5.1
nss 3.73 crashes firefox
libffi.so.7: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

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libfilezilla 1:0.48.1-1.0 i686
libfilezilla 1:0.44.0-1.0 i486
filezilla 3.67.0-1.0 pentium4
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linux-api-headers 6.10-1.0 i686
linux-api-headers 6.10-1.0 pentium4
linux-api-headers 6.10-1.0 i486
ipset 7.22-1.0 i486
languagetool 6.4-1.0 pentium4
languagetool 6.4-1.0 i686
languagetool 6.4-1.0 i486
astyle 3.5.2-1.0 i486
atftp 0.8.0-4.0 i486
blosc 1.21.6-1.0 i486
synthv1-lv2 1.0.0-1.0 i686