Nuclear Music Player for Multi Source Music Streaming in Linux

By Aquil Roshan

nuclear-home

Brief: We’ll have a look at Nuclear, one of the lesser known music players in Linux. It lets you stream music from a number of sources such as YouTube, SoundCloud etc.

Although I do maintain a collection of good ol’ mp3 files on my PC, I don’t disagree with the advantages of streaming music. I mean, you don’t have to worry about storage. It’s kinda unlimited storage capacity with streaming services.

Most music streaming services do have web apps as well as mobile apps, so you can access your songs anywhere. With local music, when you download new songs, you have to update your collection across all your devices. This is not an issue if you use a streaming service. And we have quite a selection of music streaming applications on Linux.

Pandora and Spotify are not yet available where I live so I have to use other free services like Soundcloud and YouTube. And today, we’ll be having a look at the Nuclear music player. It is a professional-quality music player used with free services. Yeah, and it pulls songs from YouTube and puts them on your computer, so it’s kinda dirty.

Features of Nuclear Music Player

  • Simple and easy to use user interface.
  • Popular new music information.
  • No subscription.
  • Multiple music sources.
  • Supports music streaming from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, and Bandcamp.
  • Ad-free.
  • Superior music quality.
  • Supports direct mp3 downloading from YouTube.
  • Free and open source software

Nuclear music player is an Electron based application. It allows you to stream music from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and Vimeo. It can also play YouTube playlists.

Nuclear music player features a clean and simple user interface. You can play songs by using the search. First, select the music source by checking the entries on the top right, then use the search box to search the songs of your choice. That’s it. Easy peasy.

You can add songs to a playlist and save it. Also, Nuclear music player allows you to directly rip and download mp3s from YouTube with just a click. I told you it’s dirty.

nuclear-search

Installing Nuclear Music Player

You can download Nuclear music player from its website. Prepackaged .deb, AppImage files are available in addition to the source code.

Get Nuclear Music Player

You can launch Nuclear music player from the dash or the menu. One little issue is, you have to select the music source every time you search for a song, or else it throws an error. Not a big issue, but I hope the developer fixes this in the next update.

That’s it for today. Do give Nuclear music player a try and don’t forget to tell us how much you loved it using the comments below. I sure loved it. Cheers.

From: It’s FOSS

Nuclear Music Player for Multi Source Music Streaming in Linux

By Aquil Roshan

nuclear-home

Brief: We’ll have a look at Nuclear, one of the lesser known music players in Linux. It lets you stream music from a number of sources such as YouTube, SoundCloud etc.

Although I do maintain a collection of good ol’ mp3 files on my PC, I don’t disagree with the advantages of streaming music. I mean, you don’t have to worry about storage. It’s kinda unlimited storage capacity with streaming services.

Most music streaming services do have web apps as well as mobile apps, so you can access your songs anywhere. With local music, when you download new songs, you have to update your collection across all your devices. This is not an issue if you use a streaming service. And we have quite a selection of music streaming applications on Linux.

Pandora and Spotify are not yet available where I live so I have to use other free services like Soundcloud and YouTube. And today, we’ll be having a look at the Nuclear music player. It is a professional-quality music player used with free services. Yeah, and it pulls songs from YouTube and puts them on your computer, so it’s kinda dirty.

Features of Nuclear Music Player

  • Simple and easy to use user interface.
  • Popular new music information.
  • No subscription.
  • Multiple music sources.
  • Supports music streaming from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, and Bandcamp.
  • Ad-free.
  • Superior music quality.
  • Supports direct mp3 downloading from YouTube.
  • Free and open source software

Nuclear music player is an Electron based application. It allows you to stream music from YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, and Vimeo. It can also play YouTube playlists.

Nuclear music player features a clean and simple user interface. You can play songs by using the search. First, select the music source by checking the entries on the top right, then use the search box to search the songs of your choice. That’s it. Easy peasy.

You can add songs to a playlist and save it. Also, Nuclear music player allows you to directly rip and download mp3s from YouTube with just a click. I told you it’s dirty.

nuclear-search

Installing Nuclear Music Player

You can download Nuclear music player from its website. Prepackaged .deb, AppImage files are available in addition to the source code.

Get Nuclear Music Player

You can launch Nuclear music player from the dash or the menu. One little issue is, you have to select the music source every time you search for a song, or else it throws an error. Not a big issue, but I hope the developer fixes this in the next update.

That’s it for today. Do give Nuclear music player a try and don’t forget to tell us how much you loved it using the comments below. I sure loved it. Cheers.

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4 Best Linux PDF Editors You Can Use in 2017

By Ambarish Kumar

Best software to edit PDF in Linux

Brief: It is not an easy task to find a good PDF editor for Linux but we created a list of PDF editing tools in Linux for you.

Linux systems do not come with a default PDF editor. If you are in need of an application which can do some basic editing, there are many options available. However, when it comes to a software which provides the advanced facilities found in Adobe Acrobat for your Linux system, the choices are limited.

If you ask how to edit PDF files in Linux, LibreOffice Draw could be an answer. However, it is limited when it comes to editing PDF in Linux. And this is why we have included proprietary software like PDF Studio and Master PDF are fully featured commercial PDF editors available for Linux users.

Best PDF editors for Linux

Just a quick note. I have used Ubuntu Linux while writing this article. But it is not just a list of Ubuntu pdf editors. This list is applicable to other Linux distributions equally.

1. LibreOffice Draw [FOSS]

editable PDF files in Ubuntu Linux

LibreOffice draw provides a handy way of editing a PDF file. If your requirements are very limited and mostly text editing in a PDF document, Draw will serve your purpose. It is not a full-fledged PDF editor and comes with some limitations, such as not being able to edit a scanned PDF document.

We have a detailed article on how to edit PDF files using LibreOffice Draw.

LibreOffice is free and comes bundled with most of the distributions.

2. Okular [FOSS]

Okular is a popular free and open source document viewer developed by KDE which includes basic PDF editing features.

Okular PDF Editor for Linux

Once you open a PDF file in Okular, you can copy a part of the text to the clipboard by selecting it, or save it as an image. You can choose Tools > Reviews to get other options like adding pop-ups notes, inline notes, freehand line drawing, highlighter, stamp and other features.

Okular can pretty much handle your basic PDF editing tasks, however, for advanced editing, it may not be that much useful.

Installation

Okular is available in the software repository of almost all major Linux distributions. You can install it from your software center. Source code should be available as well.

3. Qoppa PDF Studio [Not FOSS]

PDF Studio is a commercial PDF editor from Qoppa Software that has all the necessary editing features. You can create, review and edit a PDF file.

PDF Studio

Features

  • Edit text contents and properties, shapes and path objects, move and resize images and optimize PDFs to reduce file size.
  • Add sticky notes, text boxes, freehand annotations, hyperlinks etc.
  • Attach a file to a PDF document
  • Features an interactive form designer, fill in and save interactive PDF forms and flatten any form fields.
  • Scan papers directly to PDF and extract, insert or delete pages.
  • Apply headers, footers, watermarks and custom actions.
  • Add password to a PDF document and digitally sign a PDF document.
  • Supports advanced features, such as text search, comparing two PDFs side by side, rulers and grid views.
  • Supports a touch mode for touch screens laptops.

Installation

Get a .deb package from the official page. and install it using dpkg.

Or download the installer script from the official download page. Navigate to the download folder and type in the below command start the installation.

sh ./PDFStudio_v12_0_3_linux64

The content editing is available only in PDF Studio Pro Edition and costs a one-time $129. You can get a free trial before buying the full version.

4. Master PDF Editor [Not FOSS]

Master PDF Editor is another proprietary application for editing PDF files. With Master PDF Editor, you can do almost everything ranging from editing a PDF file to editing scanned documents and signature handling.

Master PDF Editor

Features

  • Add or edit text in a PDF file, insert images, change the size of objects and copy objects from a PDF file to the clipboard.
  • Provides powerful annotation tools, such as sticky notes, measuring tools and shapes as well as enhance capabilities such as strikethrough, underline and highlights.
  • Support creation, editing and filling of PDF forms.
  • Edit scanned documents and documents containing images.
  • Merge or split a PDF file; create, edit or remove bookmarks.
  • Supports digital signature and much more.

Installation

Both commercial and free version of Master PDF editor are available for Linux. The free version comes with some limitation; digital signatures, encryption and watermarks are not available. If you just need to create or edit a PDF file, you can still opt for the free version and get your work done. The commercial version costs $50.

Both .deb and .rpm package are available to download and you can get them from here.

Final Words

There are many other PDF editors available for basic editing as well as for advanced users. People like me always get the work done from LibreOffice while some need tools like Master PDF Editor and PDF Studio.

While we have not been able to add many, please feel free to suggest any open source pdf editor that you know and we will be happy to include it here.

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4 Best Linux PDF Editors You Can Use in 2017

By Ambarish Kumar

Best software to edit PDF in Linux

Brief: It is not an easy task to find a good PDF editor for Linux but we created a list of PDF editing tools in Linux for you.

Linux systems do not come with a default PDF editor. If you are in need of an application which can do some basic editing, there are many options available. However, when it comes to a software which provides the advanced facilities found in Adobe Acrobat for your Linux system, the choices are limited.

If you ask how to edit PDF files in Linux, LibreOffice Draw could be an answer. However, it is limited when it comes to editing PDF in Linux. And this is why we have included proprietary software like PDF Studio and Master PDF are fully featured commercial PDF editors available for Linux users.

Best PDF editors for Linux

Just a quick note. I have used Ubuntu Linux while writing this article. But it is not just a list of Ubuntu pdf editors. This list is applicable to other Linux distributions equally.

1. LibreOffice Draw [FOSS]

editable PDF files in Ubuntu Linux

LibreOffice draw provides a handy way of editing a PDF file. If your requirements are very limited and mostly text editing in a PDF document, Draw will serve your purpose. It is not a full-fledged PDF editor and comes with some limitations, such as not being able to edit a scanned PDF document.

We have a detailed article on how to edit PDF files using LibreOffice Draw.

LibreOffice is free and comes bundled with most of the distributions.

2. Okular [FOSS]

Okular is a popular free and open source document viewer developed by KDE which includes basic PDF editing features.

Okular PDF Editor for Linux

Once you open a PDF file in Okular, you can copy a part of the text to the clipboard by selecting it, or save it as an image. You can choose Tools > Reviews to get other options like adding pop-ups notes, inline notes, freehand line drawing, highlighter, stamp and other features.

Okular can pretty much handle your basic PDF editing tasks, however, for advanced editing, it may not be that much useful.

Installation

Okular is available in the software repository of almost all major Linux distributions. You can install it from your software center. Source code should be available as well.

3. Qoppa PDF Studio [Not FOSS]

PDF Studio is a commercial PDF editor from Qoppa Software that has all the necessary editing features. You can create, review and edit a PDF file.

PDF Studio

Features

  • Edit text contents and properties, shapes and path objects, move and resize images and optimize PDFs to reduce file size.
  • Add sticky notes, text boxes, freehand annotations, hyperlinks etc.
  • Attach a file to a PDF document
  • Features an interactive form designer, fill in and save interactive PDF forms and flatten any form fields.
  • Scan papers directly to PDF and extract, insert or delete pages.
  • Apply headers, footers, watermarks and custom actions.
  • Add password to a PDF document and digitally sign a PDF document.
  • Supports advanced features, such as text search, comparing two PDFs side by side, rulers and grid views.
  • Supports a touch mode for touch screens laptops.

Installation

Get a .deb package from the official page. and install it using dpkg.

Or download the installer script from the official download page. Navigate to the download folder and type in the below command start the installation.

sh ./PDFStudio_v12_0_3_linux64

The content editing is available only in PDF Studio Pro Edition and costs a one-time $129. You can get a free trial before buying the full version.

4. Master PDF Editor [Not FOSS]

Master PDF Editor is another proprietary application for editing PDF files. With Master PDF Editor, you can do almost everything ranging from editing a PDF file to editing scanned documents and signature handling.

Master PDF Editor

Features

  • Add or edit text in a PDF file, insert images, change the size of objects and copy objects from a PDF file to the clipboard.
  • Provides powerful annotation tools, such as sticky notes, measuring tools and shapes as well as enhance capabilities such as strikethrough, underline and highlights.
  • Support creation, editing and filling of PDF forms.
  • Edit scanned documents and documents containing images.
  • Merge or split a PDF file; create, edit or remove bookmarks.
  • Supports digital signature and much more.

Installation

Both commercial and free version of Master PDF editor are available for Linux. The free version comes with some limitation; digital signatures, encryption and watermarks are not available. If you just need to create or edit a PDF file, you can still opt for the free version and get your work done. The commercial version costs $50.

Both .deb and .rpm package are available to download and you can get them from here.

Final Words

There are many other PDF editors available for basic editing as well as for advanced users. People like me always get the work done from LibreOffice while some need tools like Master PDF Editor and PDF Studio.

While we have not been able to add many, please feel free to suggest any open source pdf editor that you know and we will be happy to include it here.

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GNOME and KDE Join Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Party

By Derick Sullivan M. Lobga

KDE and GNOME support Purism for Librem 5 Linux smartphone

Brief: Purism is making a true Linux smartphone called Librem 5. KDE and GNOME have just lent their support for Librem 5.

You probably already know that Purism has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to create a Linux smartphone. The goal is to raise $1.5 million to bring the world’s first truly free and open source smartphone with enhanced user protection and end-to-end encryption into the market.

Librem 5 wants you to be able to run any major Linux distributions such as Debian, Arch, Ubuntu etc on your smartphone. And to support this ‘dream’, two big Linux desktop projects, GNOME and KDE are joining hands with Purism so that Librem 5 would be able to run KDE and GNOME desktop environments on it.

These announcements came at an interval of a few days and we have covered both news in this one article.

Librem 5 and KDE

The partnership with KDE is for KDE to adapt Plasma Mobile for Librem 5 smartphone. Plasma Mobile is a full-featured graphical environment developed by KDE for mobile devices. It has been tested on some devices but since it is free and open, it clashes with most smartphones as their hardware needs proprietary software to work.

Purism and KDE have a shared vision of “freedom, openness and personal control for end users”. This common goal has brought them together, as announced by KDE.

Building a Free Software and privacy-focused smartphone has been a dream of the KDE community for a long time….Partnering with Purism will allow us to ready Plasma Mobile for the real world and integrate it seamlessly with a commercial device for the first time,” Lydia Pintscher, president of KDE said.

Librem 5 and GNOME

GNOME Foundation has announced that it will create emulators, tools as well as build awareness in moving GNOME/GTK onto the Purism Librem 5 smartphone. If everything goes on well, the GNOME Foundation will enhance GNOME shell and its system performance with Purism that will enable features on the Librem 5.

It should be noted that GNOME technologies have been used in embedded devices like Nokia 770, N800 and N900 even though the developers had some challenging experience with the devices.

According to Neil McGovern, the executive director or GNOME Foundation, “Having a Free/Libre and Open Source software stack on a mobile device is a dream-come-true for so many people, and Purism has the proven team to make this happen”.

What it means for Librem 5

For Purism, getting an endorsement from such communities means the world is getting closer to a phone that “avoids the handcuffs of Android and iOS”. “Purism is excited to work with many communities and organizations to advance the digital rights of people,” Founder & CEO of Purism, Todd Weaver said.

At the time of writing this, the crowdfunding campaign had raised 47.70% ($625,464) of the required $1,500,000 with 31 days to go.

The initial plan was to ship the smartphone with a GNOME desktop environment and GTK toolkit-based custom user interface. Now they are partnering with both the GNOME and KDE teams in order to “test, support, and develop with KDE and the KDE community” as well as using the Qt toolkit and GTK to develop apps.

Purism had already used GNOME for its PureOS software which is used in its tablets and laptop computers. They say they will continue to test both GNOME or KDE-based software and will decide after the project is funded which of them to use to ship the phone with.

If you want to make Librem 5 a reality, please contribute to the project:

Support Librem 5

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GNOME and KDE Join Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Party

By Derick Sullivan M. Lobga

KDE and GNOME support Purism for Librem 5 Linux smartphone

Brief: Purism is making a true Linux smartphone called Librem 5. KDE and GNOME have just lent their support for Librem 5.

You probably already know that Purism has launched a crowdfunding campaign in a bid to create a Linux smartphone. The goal is to raise $1.5 million to bring the world’s first truly free and open source smartphone with enhanced user protection and end-to-end encryption into the market.

Librem 5 wants you to be able to run any major Linux distributions such as Debian, Arch, Ubuntu etc on your smartphone. And to support this ‘dream’, two big Linux desktop projects, GNOME and KDE are joining hands with Purism so that Librem 5 would be able to run KDE and GNOME desktop environments on it.

These announcements came at an interval of a few days and we have covered both news in this one article.

Librem 5 and KDE

The partnership with KDE is for KDE to adapt Plasma Mobile for Librem 5 smartphone. Plasma Mobile is a full-featured graphical environment developed by KDE for mobile devices. It has been tested on some devices but since it is free and open, it clashes with most smartphones as their hardware needs proprietary software to work.

Purism and KDE have a shared vision of “freedom, openness and personal control for end users”. This common goal has brought them together, as announced by KDE.

Building a Free Software and privacy-focused smartphone has been a dream of the KDE community for a long time….Partnering with Purism will allow us to ready Plasma Mobile for the real world and integrate it seamlessly with a commercial device for the first time,” Lydia Pintscher, president of KDE said.

Librem 5 and GNOME

GNOME Foundation has announced that it will create emulators, tools as well as build awareness in moving GNOME/GTK onto the Purism Librem 5 smartphone. If everything goes on well, the GNOME Foundation will enhance GNOME shell and its system performance with Purism that will enable features on the Librem 5.

It should be noted that GNOME technologies have been used in embedded devices like Nokia 770, N800 and N900 even though the developers had some challenging experience with the devices.

According to Neil McGovern, the executive director or GNOME Foundation, “Having a Free/Libre and Open Source software stack on a mobile device is a dream-come-true for so many people, and Purism has the proven team to make this happen”.

What it means for Librem 5

For Purism, getting an endorsement from such communities means the world is getting closer to a phone that “avoids the handcuffs of Android and iOS”. “Purism is excited to work with many communities and organizations to advance the digital rights of people,” Founder & CEO of Purism, Todd Weaver said.

At the time of writing this, the crowdfunding campaign had raised 47.70% ($625,464) of the required $1,500,000 with 31 days to go.

The initial plan was to ship the smartphone with a GNOME desktop environment and GTK toolkit-based custom user interface. Now they are partnering with both the GNOME and KDE teams in order to “test, support, and develop with KDE and the KDE community” as well as using the Qt toolkit and GTK to develop apps.

Purism had already used GNOME for its PureOS software which is used in its tablets and laptop computers. They say they will continue to test both GNOME or KDE-based software and will decide after the project is funded which of them to use to ship the phone with.

If you want to make Librem 5 a reality, please contribute to the project:

Support Librem 5

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WallpaperDownloader: Automate Your Wallpaper Management in Linux

By Aquil Roshan

WallpaperDownloader Menu

One of the main reasons why I use Linux on my computers is customizability. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Having an imagination for your desktop and realizing it, well, I’m pretty sure no other OS will beat Linux here. On other operating systems too, there are tools which are capable of altering the desktop to some extent, but they are nothing compared to Linux tools.

To begin with, there is a wide variety of desktop environments you can use on your Linux desktop. And if you are not completely satisfied with any of them, you can go ahead and use extensions for fine-tuning. And how can we forget about wallpapers when we are talking desktop customization?

WallpaperDownloader

WallpaperDownloader is a nifty application by Eloy García Almadén which has got you covered as far as wallpapers are concerned. WallpaperDownloader is a Java-based application which not only downloads wallpapers but is also a full-fledged wallpaper manager.

It is simple to use. It has got every functionality of a wallpaper manager. Right from downloading, storing, changing to space management. It works on Mate, GNOME Shell, Unity, XFCE and KDE Plasma (5.0 and above).

Basically, all you have to do is fill in your screen resolution, select the wallpaper providers and enter the keywords for wallpapers and rest is taken care of by WallpaperDownloader. Images are downloaded and changed automatically at your specified time interval.

You can also customize the time interval for the wallpapers to change.

WallpaperDownloader Menu

I input “Game of Thrones” as keywords and it was definitely impressive. BTW did you check out the Game of Thrones parody by SUSE Linux? A major Linux distro got dissed. So check it out. It’s war.

WallpaperDownloader in action

Nuff said. The installation instructions of WallpaperDownloader for different distros are given below.

Arch Linux/ Manjaro/ Antergos:

Run the below command in the terminal

yaourt wallpaperdownloader

Ubuntu/ Linux Mint/ Elementary OS and other derivatives:

Run the below commands in the terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eloy-garcia-pca/wallpaperdownloader
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install wallpaperdownloader

Launch WallpaperDownloader from the Dash or the menu. And put in the parameters. Just be sure not to close the application but click on the ‘minimize’ button. That’s it. Give it a minute or two to see the changes.

Wrapping up

WallpaperDownloader is the best wallpaper tool for Linux. And it is a must-have in your arsenal if you’re serious about desktop appearance customization. Do give it a try. Use the comments below and let us know what applications and extensions you use to make your desktop more aesthetic. We’d love to hear. Don’t forget to share this article. Cheers.

From: It’s FOSS

WallpaperDownloader: Automate Your Wallpaper Management in Linux

By Aquil Roshan

WallpaperDownloader Menu

One of the main reasons why I use Linux on my computers is customizability. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Having an imagination for your desktop and realizing it, well, I’m pretty sure no other OS will beat Linux here. On other operating systems too, there are tools which are capable of altering the desktop to some extent, but they are nothing compared to Linux tools.

To begin with, there is a wide variety of desktop environments you can use on your Linux desktop. And if you are not completely satisfied with any of them, you can go ahead and use extensions for fine-tuning. And how can we forget about wallpapers when we are talking desktop customization?

WallpaperDownloader

WallpaperDownloader is a nifty application by Eloy García Almadén which has got you covered as far as wallpapers are concerned. WallpaperDownloader is a Java-based application which not only downloads wallpapers but is also a full-fledged wallpaper manager.

It is simple to use. It has got every functionality of a wallpaper manager. Right from downloading, storing, changing to space management. It works on Mate, GNOME Shell, Unity, XFCE and KDE Plasma (5.0 and above).

Basically, all you have to do is fill in your screen resolution, select the wallpaper providers and enter the keywords for wallpapers and rest is taken care of by WallpaperDownloader. Images are downloaded and changed automatically at your specified time interval.

You can also customize the time interval for the wallpapers to change.

WallpaperDownloader Menu

I input “Game of Thrones” as keywords and it was definitely impressive. BTW did you check out the Game of Thrones parody by SUSE Linux? A major Linux distro got dissed. So check it out. It’s war.

WallpaperDownloader in action

Nuff said. The installation instructions of WallpaperDownloader for different distros are given below.

Arch Linux/ Manjaro/ Antergos:

Run the below command in the terminal

yaourt wallpaperdownloader

Ubuntu/ Linux Mint/ Elementary OS and other derivatives:

Run the below commands in the terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eloy-garcia-pca/wallpaperdownloader
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install wallpaperdownloader

Launch WallpaperDownloader from the Dash or the menu. And put in the parameters. Just be sure not to close the application but click on the ‘minimize’ button. That’s it. Give it a minute or two to see the changes.

Wrapping up

WallpaperDownloader is the best wallpaper tool for Linux. And it is a must-have in your arsenal if you’re serious about desktop appearance customization. Do give it a try. Use the comments below and let us know what applications and extensions you use to make your desktop more aesthetic. We’d love to hear. Don’t forget to share this article. Cheers.

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Manjaro Linux Discontinues 32-bit Support

By John Paul

Free HD Linux Wallpapers to download

Brief: Manjaro has joined the long list of Linux distributions dropping support for older hardware.

You might already know that I love Manjaro Linux. And as an ardent Manjaro Linux fan, I have a bad news for you.

Recently, Philip, the lead developer of Manjaro Linux, announced that the project would be dropping support for the 32-bit architecture. He said that the reason for the move was “due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community”.

While Manjaro 17.0.3 is the last release to have a 32-bit ISO, current 32-bit installs will receive a short window of continued support. During September and October, 32-bit package will continue to be updated. However, starting in November, packages will be limited to 64-bit. After that period, 32-bit installs of Manjaro will essentially be unsupported.

Note: if you are currently using an application that depends on a 32-bit package, it will continue to be supported through the mulilib repo.

Alternatives

If you currently have an older device that can’t run 64-bit, don’t worry, you have several alternatives to choose. Debian 9 dropped support for 32-bit, but if you install Debian 8 you’ll get 32-bit support until 2020. Canonical has been hinting that Ubuntu 18.10 will be the last release to support 32-bit, but if you install the 16.04 LTS release, you’ll have support until 2021.

Another possible alternative is Void Linux. This rolling release distribution is built completely from scratch with its own package manager.

If you want to stay in the Arch family, check out. ArchLinux32. There isn’t much information available on this distro, but it appears to be a community effort to keep Arch available for older systems.

If you are looking for a small distro that can run on anything, I suggest trying out the Puppy Linux family of distros. There is also Damn Small Linux. In fact, the lightweight Linux distributions should support 32-bit systems for several years.

Final Thoughts

This announcement isn’t really that big of a shock. After all, Arch Linux, the distro that Manjaro is based on, dropped support for 32-bit in February. Other distros like Debian, Ubuntu, Tails, Bodhi, Fedora, and others have either talked about doing the same or have already done it.

Change is inevitable. At one time, all computers were 8-bit and were replaced by 16-bit. And the cycle continues to this day and far past it. Thankfully, I only have a couple computers that I manage that need 32-bit support. Not much of a worry here.

What do you think? Are we looking at the end of 32-bit Linux?

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Manjaro Linux Discontinues 32-bit Support

By John Paul

Free HD Linux Wallpapers to download

Brief: Manjaro has joined the long list of Linux distributions dropping support for older hardware.

You might already know that I love Manjaro Linux. And as an ardent Manjaro Linux fan, I have a bad news for you.

Recently, Philip, the lead developer of Manjaro Linux, announced that the project would be dropping support for the 32-bit architecture. He said that the reason for the move was “due to the decreasing popularity of i686 among the developers and the community”.

While Manjaro 17.0.3 is the last release to have a 32-bit ISO, current 32-bit installs will receive a short window of continued support. During September and October, 32-bit package will continue to be updated. However, starting in November, packages will be limited to 64-bit. After that period, 32-bit installs of Manjaro will essentially be unsupported.

Note: if you are currently using an application that depends on a 32-bit package, it will continue to be supported through the mulilib repo.

Alternatives

If you currently have an older device that can’t run 64-bit, don’t worry, you have several alternatives to choose. Debian 9 dropped support for 32-bit, but if you install Debian 8 you’ll get 32-bit support until 2020. Canonical has been hinting that Ubuntu 18.10 will be the last release to support 32-bit, but if you install the 16.04 LTS release, you’ll have support until 2021.

Another possible alternative is Void Linux. This rolling release distribution is built completely from scratch with its own package manager.

If you want to stay in the Arch family, check out. ArchLinux32. There isn’t much information available on this distro, but it appears to be a community effort to keep Arch available for older systems.

If you are looking for a small distro that can run on anything, I suggest trying out the Puppy Linux family of distros. There is also Damn Small Linux. In fact, the lightweight Linux distributions should support 32-bit systems for several years.

Final Thoughts

This announcement isn’t really that big of a shock. After all, Arch Linux, the distro that Manjaro is based on, dropped support for 32-bit in February. Other distros like Debian, Ubuntu, Tails, Bodhi, Fedora, and others have either talked about doing the same or have already done it.

Change is inevitable. At one time, all computers were 8-bit and were replaced by 16-bit. And the cycle continues to this day and far past it. Thankfully, I only have a couple computers that I manage that need 32-bit support. Not much of a worry here.

What do you think? Are we looking at the end of 32-bit Linux?

From: It’s FOSS