If you want the Linux-circa-2004 experience back, just try Linux on ARM!
* everything compiles slowly
* distro-hopping to find better hardware support
* oops, you need proprietary drivers for that
* forum posts hold the authoritative documentation *and* code for your distro
@brion Hey I didn't realize the similarities until now! That means I can hope for much better support in the future, I guess. Yay!
@james @firstname.lastname@example.org I managed to bork a system by changing desktop login managers and had to log in from recovery to re-configure it back. Does that count? :D
@brion bonus: download random binaries from random websites on the Internet put there by random people to run on your hardware like it‘s 1996!
@brion I used the Raspberry Pi 3 as an actual desktop two years ago. At least the uniform platform made hardware support more easier.
Or simply forget about Arm SBC and move to Arm64 servers. Just work with any sane distro and your account is much lighter as they cost insane money ;D
@brion I've always argued that ARM needed to deliver a coherent developer platform on laptop. Laptop is where development happens and in turn drives what cloud you push it too. But ARM blew it some years ago, and if you do the maths on watts/core for an AMD EPYC I suspect ARM have now missed the bus entirely thanks to the Intel / AMD fight forcing real competition in the x86 space. AMD also need to sort their laptop story out to get more cloud traction though IMHO.
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