xenopeek wrote:Less than 2% are using 32 bit, which doesn't come as a surprise given that support for that is waning across hardware (like Nvidia) and software (like Google Chrome) and most CPUs are 64 bit. Given such numbers it would surprise me if there would be case for Linux Mint 20 (due mid 2020) to still have a 32 bit release to be honest.
Only Ubuntu 18.04.x 64bit ISO is available for download, ie no 32bit. Those 2% still using 32bit Ubuntu 18.04 were remnants/"refugees" who inplace-upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04.x 32bit or Ubuntu 17.10 32bit. The low 2% figure is by design or intended. In a few more years, through non-availability, 32bit Ubuntu users will drop to zero%.
....... In comparison, the latest Win 10 1809 ISO downloads still come in 32bit and 64bit. What a surprise.!
P S - Google Chrome dropped support only for 32bit Linux in March 2016, likely because of Linux's minuscule 2% world marketshare. Google Chrome still supports 32bit Windows.
....... Modern 64bit CPUs can install both 64bit and/or 32bit OS. But an installed 32bit OS can only run 32bit apps/programs, whereas an installed 64bit OS can run both 64bit and 32bit apps/programs. A 64bit OS is more resource-hungry than a 32bit OS = eg Win 10 64bit requires at least 2GB of RAM and 20GB of hard-disk space, whereas Win 10 32bit only requires at least 1GB of RAM and 16GB of disk space.