Due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community, we have decided to phase out the support of this architecture.
The decision means that February ISO will be the last that allows to install 32 bit Arch Linux. The next 9 months are deprecation period, during which i686 will be still receiving upgraded packages. Starting from November 2017, packaging and repository tools will no longer require that from maintainers, effectively making i686 unsupported.
However, as there is still some interest in keeping i686 alive, we would like to encourage the community to make it happen with our guidance. The arch-ports mailing list and #archlinux-ports IRC channel on Freenode will be used for further coordination.
The [multilib] repository will not be affected by this change.
The new version comes with the following changes:
xf86-input-libinput is the default input driver, however synaptics, evdev and wacom are still available.
These packages are deprecated and moved to AUR: xf86-input-joystick, xf86-input-acecad, xf86-video-apm, xf86-video-ark, xf86-video-chips, xf86-video-glint, xf86-video-i128, xf86-video-i740, xf86-video-mach64, xf86-video-neomagic, xf86-video-nv, xf86-video-r128, xf86-video-rendition, xf86-video-s3, xf86-video-s3virge, xf86-video-savage, xf86-video-siliconmotion, xf86-video-sis, xf86-video-tdfx, xf86-video-trident, xf86-video-tseng
The TalkingArch Iso
The TalkingArch team is proud to present the first TalkingArch iso of 2017. This one is the second to fix a problem with Portaudio that was causing Espeak to crash. It comes with the latest packages, including Linux kernel 4.8.13. Find it in the usual place.
TalkingArch is now on Twitter. Follow us, tweet @ us, or even retweet release announcements, which will post there as well as here. All other ways of contacting TalkingArch still work; nothing is going away.
The Fall of i686
There has been significant talk over the past 2 to 3 weeks on the Arch Linux e-mail list about dropping support for the i686. architecture. The upshot of the discussion is that by the end of this year, no further i686 packages will be uploaded to the official repositories. To that end, Arch will most likely be producing only x86_64 isos starting in February, ending the dual architecture builds. Because TalkingArch stays as close to Arch as is possible, if Arch does stop producing dual architecture builds in February, TalkingArch will do the same. However, if an i686 version is needed, as long as packages are still being uploaded to the official repositories, an i686 build of TalkingArch can be made available upon request. That said, it will still be possible for some months to use this dual architecture build to install Arch Linux until such time as they remove i686 packages from the repositories, and that link will continue to work as long as it is usable. Thanks for the support over the years, and we look forward to serving you the latest and greatest TalkingArch for many years to come.