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[–] Donbuster [S] 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Arch has always been primarily focused on minimalism, its true, but minimalism in the sense of lack of bloat, NOT minimalism for minimal resource usage and therefore max compatibility. That paradigm is better addressed by OpenBSD, Damn Small Linux, linux from scratch, and, to a lesser extent, debian.

Few machines need 32 bit support. Therefore it's bloat affecting the majority of the arch userbase. Someone will doubtless make a fork that keeps the legacy support.