TL;DR: x86 (32bit) support is going away soon, if you use Sabayon x86_64 (64bit), you can ignore this.
in an effort of decreasing our computing and human capacity requirements, I am going to start the process that deprecates Sabayon x86 (32bit) images, package repositories and their support.
x86_64 (or AMD64) has been introduced one decade ago. Yes, it was 2004, pretty much the same year I started messing with a binary Gentoo-based distro.
It’s time to move on, free up resources and focus on what matters. 32bit is not important anymore and modern computers come with tons of GB of RAM. At the same time, I don’t see x32 going anywhere. Instead, I see the need to standardize on one single x86 architecture. Some distributions have started doing the same, for instance, RHEL 7 will not see any 32bit version. Windows 8, well, yes, said goodbye to 32bit as well.
If you are still stuck with 32bit CPUs, there are 5 things you could do:
- Make sure that your CPU does not really support x86_64. You may be surprised to know that it might run x86_64 code just fine.
- Given our deprecation roadmap, migrate your stuff over a more recent system. eBay, Amazon, are your friends. A second-hand x86_64 system can cost you less than $100.
- Migrate to other distros and pray they won’t kill 32bit anytime soon (time is not in your favor).
- Migrate your Sabayon system to Gentoo/Portage, basically compiling your own stuff. Alternatively, setup your own Entropy repository in order to keep your system up-to-date.
- Burn your motherboard and CPU by doing insane overclocking and then, when they die, violently hit them with a hammer while screaming “You shall not compute!”.
Our deprecation roadmap is as follows:
- June 2014: stop offering x86 images off our download pages, keep them on mirrors.
- July/August 2014: stop building x86 images as part of our daily and monthly release rollout.
- October 2014: stop offering x86 images from our mirrors.
- November 2014: stop offering package updates, including security updates, for x86 images.
- January 2015: stop offering packages from our mirrors.
After January 2015, you will not be able to install new packages as well. The only way to keep your system up-to-date is to use Portage (plus our overlays) or Entropy (by maintaining your own repository). Our x86_64 images are multilib, which means that you can run 32bit code on them just fine.