Google to End Chrome Support for Several Linux Flavors

by Ostatic Staff - Dec. 01, 2015

Does Google's browsing and Internet strategy take Linux into account? Absolutely, in fact, Chrome OS is built on Linux. Now, though, Google has announced it is ending Chrome support for 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in March of next year.

Google is going to provide Chrome updates and security patches for users on the above mentioned operating systems for less han four months now. After that, included browsers will still work, but will be stalled on the last version released in March.

"We intend to continue supporting the 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium" reads an advisory. "If you are using Precise, we’d recommend that you to upgrade to Trusty."

"Well then, farewell Chrome!," responded a user on a related forum "If I can not use the same browser on all my platforms, I will not use it at all. Firefox might be slower, but it works on my old 32-bit only laptop."

Indeed, people want the same browsing experience across their devices. Google has an overall strategy for support by operating systems, though. Just this month, Google announced it was dropping Chrome support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, and OS X 10.8 in April 2016.

The best move for many users is to try to move to the 64-bit browsers that are most likely to be kept current and secure.