So this ancient gateway that I pulled out of the basement, that hasn't been touched in years and I'm 90% certain is older than me, still has the right time/date, almost five years later

@devosmium thank you for your silent, continued service, gateway

@anna it's having trouble launching the Mint XFCE installer. Any ideas for low-intensity Linux distributions for it?

@devosmium gosh I'm not as much of an expert in like, network equipment distros, maybe alpine?

@anna it's not for network equipment, but I'll take a look! Thanks

@devosmium oh like it's a gateway brand, not a network gateway

but yeah alpine is made to run even embedded, you might be able to roll your own thing with gentoo but you would extremely want to be set up with distcc or otherwise have a way to compile everything elsewhere

@devosmium #blessed

im sure it would be a (near?) unusuable chug for like, web browsing and stuff but something like alpine or whatever, maybe running i3 or some other light WM, would make a good not-too-dumb terminal

@anna I'm not even sure what I want to use it for tbh. It was more of a "can I make this work again" thing

@anna So alpine wasn't liking my graphics thingy, so I tried manjaro XFCE and that's working well. I'm about 3/4 through the install process

@anna I left the actual install running overnight, it went well. Runs much better than I thought it would

@anna I use it on my actual laptop (Cinnamon, not XFCE), and I think it works much better than stock Arch, especially since it includes display drivers and networking.

@devosmium i'd probably use arch if our dark lady's one true and beautiful gnu/linux gentoo didn't exist

@anna I haven't really looked at gentoo, what would you say are its biggest strengths?

@devosmium you actually learn how it works and build your own distro, customized for your hardware and what you're trying to do

@devosmium @anna Arch? That' pretty assemble-it-yourself, so it doesn't attract the same bloat as most ready-out-of-the-box distros like Mint.

(Though TBF Mint's not all that heavy.)

@octet33 @devosmium true, arch might work well, its more or less gentoo without all the compiling

@devosmium try i3wm with some lightweight browser and I bet it will feel like any other modern machine, if that's all you need it for. I used recommend/use the surf browser for such situations, but since learning that suckless is in to antisemitism I've been looking for alternatives... so maybe Dillo, Midori or Min? Netsurf is probably as lightweight as it gets, but it doesn't use webkit and crashes often for me... Just some ideas. If low on ram you you could also run zram or zswap to make slightly more use of the memory - on Arch Linux there's a near out-of-the-box package to get this working, systemd-swap.

I'm a big fan of utilizing old hardware and usually you can make it perform acceptably with some tweaking! Good luck!
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