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Google To Drop Chrome Support For 32-bit Linux 175

prisoninmate writes: Google announces that its Google Chrome web browser will no longer be available for 32-bit hardware platforms. Additionally, Google Chrome will no longer be supported on the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and Debian GNU/Linux 7 (Wheezy) operating systems. Users are urged to update to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) release and Debian GNU/Linux 8 (Jessie) respectively. Google will continue to support the 32-bit build configurations for those who want to build the open-source Chromium web browser on various Linux kernel-based operating systems. Reader SmartAboutThings writes, on a similar note, that: Microsoft is tolling the death knell for Internet Explorer with an announcement that it will end support for all older versions next year. Microsoft says that all versions older than the latest one will no longer be supported starting Jan. 12, 2016. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older Internet Explorer versions. Furthermore, Internet Explorer 11 will be the last version of Internet Explorer as Microsoft shifts its focus on its next web browser, Microsoft Edge.
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Google To Drop Chrome Support For 32-bit Linux

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 01, 2015 @11:33AM (#51033715)

    Yesterday, Google Announced that they will drop support for their product ${product}. Google will continue to support the product for the next few months[, offering users the opportunity to download a tar file of their data]. Google said they chose this step because they wanted to "do the right thing", and "continue to enhance our products for all of our users".

    The users of ${product} weren't happy at all about the announcement. Twitter user &{name} writes, ${random_user_quote here}. On other internet platforms, the responses were similar.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Of course. A company is in the business where they get their revenues. Airlines get their revenues from flying people around. Airlines do in fact have excellent tech for figuring out demand, routes, and other things. As a matter of fact, American Airlines and its SABRE system made data processing (IT to you kids) history in the 70s.

      See, Google is an advertising company. People are under the erroneous impression that they are a tech company. Any and all tech they develop is to enhance their business - advert

      • I'm not sure one of the examples you chose is the best:

        A company is in the business where they get their revenues.

        And Amazon Web Services gets its revenues from leasing resources to customers willing to run their software on someone else's computer.

        calling Google a tech company is just as ridiculous as calling Amazon a tech company

        I don't follow. Is AWS not "tech"? Or does revenue from Marketplace commissions and FBA services outweigh AWS revenue?

      • Amazon is ABSOLUTELY a tech company. What the fuck do you consider EC2 to be? NO ONE has a cloud as big or as powerful as Amazon...
        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          Amazon most accurately defined as a logistics company and as such handling digital services is an extension of that logistics ability. Google is not a marketing company as they do not market products, they provide services for the marketing of those products. So they are a publishing agency and they basically privately publish your private information, to various government and private organisation (making it easy for governments to peep means they get free ride to invade your privacy) and like any other p

      • As everyone knows, all actual programming work at Google is done by interns. Now that Facebook has better snacks, Google's intern supply is drying up and that explains why some products must be thrown out.

  • That's too bad since most Android phones are 32-bit right now.

  • Looks like it's about time to upgrade my Vista machines.
  • by BUL2294 ( 1081735 ) on Tuesday December 01, 2015 @12:30PM (#51034131)
    So what is Microsoft going to do for IE9 on Vista and Server 2008, both of which are EOL much later than January, 2016? Vista's EOL is April, 2017 while Windows Server 2008's EOL is January, 2020. I wouldn't want an unpatched IE9 running on either OS, where the OS continues to receive security updates, but the browser does not...

    Windows Server 2008 is still widely used as it's the last Windows Server OS available as x86... (And Windows Server 2008 R2 is not a free update...)
    • From Internet Explorer Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ [], linked in the featured article:

      Beginning January 12, 2016, only the most current version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates, as shown in the table below:
      Windows Vista SP2: Internet Explorer 9
      Windows Server 2008 SP2: Internet Explorer 9
      Windows Embedded POSReady 2009: Internet Explorer 8

      So yes, IE 9 security updates will continue. So will IE 8 updates for those Windows XP

  • Microsoft says that all versions older than the latest one will no longer be supported starting Jan. 12, 2016.

    In January my company will upgrade to IE 11, because of this, and probably stay on a current version from then on. It feels so weird. I'm used to having to code for a version of IE that is several years old. It's a good time to be a web developer!

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