I currently run Lubuntu 18.04 on an old 32 bit laptop. I just learned that Ubuntu is dropping 32 bit support from 20.04 onward, the same happens with Lubuntu, Xubuntu, Mate, Mint etc. That means once 18.04 support is over, I won't be able to migrate to 20.04.
Since ZorinOS is Ubuntu based (currently 18.04 as far as I understood) what are the future plans for supporting 32 bit computers in it's lite version, once it updates to 20.04?
I would like to migrate to some OS that commits to provide long term support for 32 bit computers ... Is that the case for Zorin?
I do not know the answer to this question. I can recommend looking into Debian based systems like MXLinux for LTS on 32bit.
But I can offer a word of opinion, as this is a topic that often gets raised.
While I deal with computers, mostly the Zorin O.S., on this forum, I deal with automotive in life. I am a mechanic, I restore classic cars and I also restore tools which I buy, trade and sell.
I have been dealing with the "old" for many years. I promote the "old" for its craftsmanship, strength and quality. And for those of us that preserve history and carry it forward from the generation before is, to the generation that follows us, that is a fine thing. I, for one, am glad that people like me and the people that I work with exist to do this.
That being said...
If there is one thing I have learned in this business, it is that there comes a time when it is Time to Let Go. From old tooling made in SAE and Whitworth to the times changing over to Metric... To computers proceeding forward from Unix to DOS to Linux... To pants, T.V. shows, food preferences and everything else that we outgrow.
Progress marches on. It does not care about the old. It wants the new and it is a flood that cannot be deterred.
I can restore a '53 Chevy Panel truck and make it beautiful. People can 'ooh' and 'ahh' over it and love that truck and admire it and ask to ride in it but at the end of the day, no matter how much Chrome plating is on it or how good the paint job is...
-Most people will not be able to deal with it not being engineered for UnLeaded Gas.
-Most people will not be able to deal with it as a daily driver, trying to find (Or have custom made) parts that wear out.
-Most people will not be able to deal with its fuel inefficiency.
It will never replace a Modern Work truck that uses far less fuel, pollutes a lot less, can haul much more weight with greater capacity or provides a smoother ride due to engineered changes in suspension.
I do not know the answer to your question, but as a guess - Probably not. We simply cannot keep asking developers to Hold Back, Hold Back and Hold back some more. They are gunning to move forward and us very few people that run the old must Keep up or get out of the way. Older machines will continue to require more and more developed systems just to enable them to communicate with a vastly changing infrastructure. That is a lot to ask of developers.
You can probably find some distros, as I mentioned at the outset that will continue some LTS for 32 bit for a while. CentOS is another and there are a few more. Let me see if I can find a list...
Ok, found this one, though the article is old: https://itsfoss.com/32-bit-os-list/
But you will only be putting a Band-aid on it, stalling a little bit longer. Putting it off a bit more.