Following the footsteps of many Linux distro developers who have ditched the 32-bit ISO releases, graphics card manufacturer Nvidia has dropped the driver support for 32-bit operating systems. Just recently, we reported about Canonical dropping Ubuntu Server 32-bit releases.
Coming back to Nvidia, the company has announced that after Release 390.x of GeForce Game Ready Driver, it won’t be shipping drivers for any GPU architecture for 32-bit drivers.
This change will be applied to all versions of Microsoft Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, And Windows 10. Linux and FreeBSD operating systems are also affected.
After Release 390, the newer releases won’t operate or install on 32-bit architectures. “Driver enhancements, driver optimizations, and operating system features in driver versions after Release 390 will not be incorporated back into Release 390 or earlier versions,” the announcement adds.
It’s worth noting that critical driver security fixes will be released until January 2019.
That’s not all. Nvidia has also announced that it’s dropping the support for NVS product and select quad-buffered stereo features.
While this change might surprise some people, the 32-bit usage is dropping with each passing year. Will 2018 witness developers and companies abandon the architecture at a faster pace? Do share your views with us.