32-bit or 64-bit?
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From Whonix ™ 14 onward, only 64-bit builds are available for download.
 This decision is based on several factors:
- Distributions are increasingly dropping support for 32-bit systems (including Debian). 
- Only a small minority of users are stuck with older hardware that will not support 64-bit builds. 
- It is a significant maintenance burden for Whonix ™ to maintain both 32-bit and 64-bit builds. 
- Users could attempt to build a 32-bit version of Whonix ™ from source code, by appending the Whonix ™ build script parameter
- Statistics: https://labs.riseup.net/code/issues/8183
- Forum Discussion: https://forums.whonix.org/t/state-of-offical-64-bit-builds
- See additional information in the footnote. 
- For example in Tails, less than 10% of users had 32-bit kernels in late 2016.
- That is, Whonix ™ would need to maintain 10 images instead of the current 6 images.
- Previously, Non-Qubes-Whonix 13 users (deprecated) who relied on 32-bit (i686) hardware were still able to use Whonix ™ 14 by using the upgrade instructions. This was because none of the Whonix ™ packages were made 64-bit only. A similar procedure is no longer possible, but interested readers can refer to this phabricator entry and forum post.