Because of #Electron abandoning support for 32-bit PCs, this bug in #Wire is unlikely to be fixed, and I may have to give up on trying to use the Wire desktop client on my 32-bit laptop:

So having convinced a bunch of my family and friends to set up accounts on Wire and install it, I may have lost the main thing that made it attractive (a #FreeCode desktop client for 32-bit GNU/ Linux where voice calls work properly). At what point do I just give up on trying to be a #SoftwareFreedom purist, and buy a 2nd-hand MacBook for comms (and video editing, and ... and ... and ...) :(

If even the staff of Software Freedom @conservancy are struggling to be software freedom purists, who am I to think I can sustain it?

While I'm on a rant, it annoys me that I might have to retire my laptop in a year or two, even though the hardware is still working fine and dandy, just because even #FreeCode software seems to require more and more hardware power over time to do basically the same tasks. When I bought this laptop in 2010, it could run perfectly good voice and video calls over Skype on Windows XP! We must stop treating complex electronics as disposables.


@strypey That's windows for ya, they don't call it fatware for nothing! Linux Mint runs smooth as on the Dell Inspiron I got back in 2009.

@aran It would be nice to think that, but I've been running GNU/Linux on this laptop since about a year after I got it. Sadly, free code OS also bloat up over time, require more hardware power, and often stop supporting devices long before they stop being usable. Dropping 32-bit support being a classic example. Many #RasberryPi devices are 32-bit!

@strypey @aran Is this about 32-bit in general or ia32 (i686) in particular? It's not clear from the announcement.

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