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 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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OpenSSL 3.0.7


OpenSSL 3.0.7 is now the current version of OpenSSL. If you experience problems like:

binary: error while loading shared libraries: libssl.so.1.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
binary: error while loading shared libraries: libcrypto.so.1.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

you can temporarily install `openssl-1.1` to fix the issue like so:

pacman -S openssl-1.1

This is especially the case for everything coming
from third party repos or the AUR.

systemd 251.2 breaks logins


If you see this message after upgrading and booting:

Assertion 'close_nointr(fd) != -EBADF' failed at src/basic/fd-util.c:76, function safe_close(). Aborting.

Just boot into single user mode and comment out the following sections in `/etc/pam,.d/system-login`:

#-session   optional   pam_systemd.so

and in /etc/pam.d/system-auth:

#-auth      [success=2 default=ignore]  pam_systemd_home.so
#-account   [success=1 default=ignore]  pam_systemd_home.so
#-password  [success=1 default=ignore]  pam_systemd_home.so
#-session   optional                    pam_systemd_home.so

Removing python2 from the repositories


Python 2 went end of life January 2020. Since then we have been actively cutting down the number of projects depending on python2 in our repositories, and we have finally been able to drop it from our distribution. If you still have python2 installed on your system consider removing it and any python2 package.

If you still require the python2 package you can keep it around, but please be aware that there will be no security updates. If you need a patched package please consult the AUR, or use an unofficial user repository.

Arch Linux mailing list changes


As part of dropping Python 2 which is EOL, we have migrated our mailing lists from mailman2 to mailman3.

Rewriting of the "From" header and subject (to prepend the list name) have been disabled to keep the DKIM signature intact. This means "reply to mailing list" must be used when replying to the list and you may need to update your filters and rules matching the "From" header.

All existing subscriptions are migrated and you do not need to re-subscribe. For managing your subscriptions a new mailman3 account must be registered.

Older News

Grub bootloader upgrade and configuration incompatibilities
wxWidgets 3.2 update may need manual intervention
CA certificates file is empty
Undone replacement of pipewire-media-session with wireplumber
QEMU >= 7.0.0 changes split package setup
Keycloak 17.0.1-2 update requires manual reconfiguration
Arch Linux Leader Election Results
Debug packages and debuginfod
ISO 2022.02.01 available
linux-firmware 20220119.0c6a7b3-2 requires kernel >=5.3 and package splitting
nss 3.73 crashes firefox
Warning about upgrading to zstd 1.5.1
error while loading shared libraries: libicui18n.so.68
libffi.so.7: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
pacman upgrade brings pentium4 automatically for via processors
glibc 2.33 ISA mitigation and disabled libseccomp
dhcpcd may(?) fail to get ipv4 address
plasma-workspace needs manual intervention
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

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bluez-libs 5.66-1.1 pentium4
home-assistant 1:2022.11.5-1.0 pentium4
bluez-cups 5.66-1.1 pentium4
bluez-hid2hci 5.66-1.1 pentium4
bluez-plugins 5.66-1.1 pentium4
lirc 1:0.10.2-1.1 pentium4
bluez 5.66-1.1 pentium4
bluez-utils 5.66-1.1 pentium4
bluez 5.66-1.1 i686
bluez-plugins 5.66-1.1 i686
bluez-cups 5.66-1.1 i686
lirc 1:0.10.2-1.1 i686
bluez-hid2hci 5.66-1.1 i686
home-assistant 1:2022.11.5-1.0 i686
bluez-libs 5.66-1.1 i686