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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

FWIW, I'm sure that the classical "tiny" distros will continue to be available with IA32. There are some out there that, though not particularly famous, have "makes old computers useful" as a very critical selling point. Puppy Linux is one, IIRC. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if someone forks Xubuntu for just this purpose, either, when Ubuntu decides to shut down 32-bit production.

Simple fact of the matter is, though, that this is going to probably come to most Linux distros in the not-too-distant future, so dealing with it now is probably a good idea.