It seems that Canonical the development team responsible for the Linux Ubuntu operating system has backtracked a little on support for 32-bit software in future versions. Canonical has now announced to “change our plan and build selected 32-bit i386 packages.”
“Thanks to the huge amount of feedback this weekend from gamers, Ubuntu Studio, and the WINE community, we will change our plan and build selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS. We will put in place a community process to determine which 32-bit packages are needed to support legacy software, and can add to that list post-release if we miss something that is needed. Community discussions can sometimes take unexpected turns, and this is one of those.”
“We will also work with the WINE, Ubuntu Studio and gaming communities to use container technology to address the ultimate end of life of 32-bit libraries; it should stay possible to run old applications on newer versions of Ubuntu. Snaps and LXD enable us both to have complete 32-bit environments, and bundled libraries, to solve these issues in the long term.”
For the full statement on Ubuntu supporting 32-bit games and applications jump over to the official Ubuntu blog by following the link below.