is there any good gnu/linux distributions? I tried installing various distros on an old laptop, but they all had issues.

is there any good gnu/linux distributions? I tried installing various distros on an old laptop, but they all had issues. they either would fail to boot, read input, configure the bootloader, etc. one distro even freezes randomly after some uptime. alpine was the best thing I could get working, but for some reason there was a bottleneck, and the system ran 80% slower than it's supposed to. also some system service randomly started deleting my wpa supplicant configuration file. oh also MX Linux was working (yes, and plain debian does not), but I'd prefer a minimal install. I don't want a distro that ships garbage software such as gnome. the last distro I tried was gentoo, which I have installed on another laptop before, but I gave up after gcc was compiling for 3 hours and still wasn't finished (it was one of the first packages I had to compile for @world. yes, I know there's binpkgs now, but then what's the point of use flags). I'll try void linux now, but I think I may have tried it before on this laptop, at which point it failed.

microsoft fans. I mean--customers. please hold back on recommending windows. that shit isn't going to run on this laptop.

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  1. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    whats your machine?
    im running the latest ubuntu on a jeetbook from 2008

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      gimmicky win8 acer netbook that was paid off after borrowing it from uni

  2. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >I don't want a distro that ships garbage software such as gnome.
    for most of them gnome is the default

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      and you can just uninstall the shit and install whatever you want or just install server version of distro and go from there
      its a non issue
      i think op might be a homosexual

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        and most of the distros that ship gnome are moronic either way. and of course it would be a better experience to just install what you like, instead of getting a distro that ships gnome, then have to uninstall it. if arch doesn't work for me, I'd be more inclined to try void next, rather than ubuntu. what is so difficult to understand about that?

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          >so difficult to understand about that?
          the prejudice and the hubris.

          if israelitebuntu werks oob, why reject it on basis of principles?
          its decently solid too. and im shocked to say it is functional on ddr2 800Mhz and spinning rust
          and for some reason gnome appears stabler on this distro than fedora 40 for instance (which im running on my shitposting/vidya/learning machine)

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            >the prejudice and the hubris
            I understand it comes off that way, but I haven't tried it yet, I don't know if it will work. I've tried various other distros including ones that are not minimal install, and I haven't had a lot of success in general. I'm not avoiding ubuntu out of principle, I prioritize trying out distros like void out of preference. if all else fails I'll try ubuntu and the like.

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            ok, thats a valid approach
            as you can see i start with the least powerful solution first
            cuz you would be composing and building the rest from source, no?

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            (theres also the fact that i read on some forums that israelitebuntu has seen some work done in the dimension of making it more compatible with older hardware. it should werk oob)

  3. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    https://universal-blue.org/

  4. 1 week ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      nice

  5. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    Install Arch, manually. In the end you will know what went wrong and you will be able to fix it easily.

    I use it on very old hardware too.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      arch had been my go-to distro for all other PCs, I've set it up countless times, but alas no luck on this laptop. it's very strange. it's been a while though, maybe I'll try it again.

      ok, thats a valid approach
      as you can see i start with the least powerful solution first
      cuz you would be composing and building the rest from source, no?

      with void that's not necessary. well, no matter, I just got through the void installer and it failed to install the bootloader properly. I remembered that I had the same issue some time ago when I tried void, I had spent some decent time troubleshooting and couldn't figure out what was going wrong. I've had booting issues with most other distros, maybe this laptop is doing something very gimmicky.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        >maybe this laptop is doing something very gimmicky.
        yeah this might be the problem
        idk, id still try with a more automated distro.
        maybe the people who maintain it encountered the same problem, but solved it

        its an acer you have. these laptops do circulate on the market, its not like its some defunct chinesium shit from the 90's

  6. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >alpine was the best thing I could get working
    no surprise there
    >for some reason there was a bottleneck, and the system ran 80% slower than it's supposed to
    could be because hardened packages and kernel, but your laptop must be REALLY shitty to notice
    >also some system service randomly started deleting my wpa supplicant configuration file
    rc-status or rc-service --list would show you there is basically NOTHING running by default
    use the setup-interfaces script to easily configure ethernet and wifi
    you should give openbsd a try, although it will likely be even slower if hardening is the cause of the issues. it's as easy to install as alpine; very similar

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I had tried openbsd. I would have been delighted to use it, but it wouldn't detect my wireless internet card.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        >it wouldn't detect my wireless internet card.
        that's honestly surprising
        usually old hardware like that is fully supported, sometimes you need to run fw_update
        what is the exact model name of your laptop? i want to confirm if it is supported or not

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          acer travelmate b116 series is what I found on the back

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 under lspci, checked in a live boot. guessing it's unsupported by athn driver?

            >https://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&s=ar9565
            >https://man.openbsd.org/athn.4
            >The athn driver provides support for a wide variety of Atheros 802.11n devices, ranging from the AR5008 up to the AR9287.
            yup that's unfortunate
            that card seems to have some problems on linux too

          • 1 week ago
            Anonymous

            that checks out, I've had wireless internet issues with various distros. maybe freebsd supports it if I want to go that route, not that familiar with it

        • 1 week ago
          Anonymous

          Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 under lspci, checked in a live boot. guessing it's unsupported by athn driver?

  7. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    void is pretty good and it has an iso with xfce installed by default.
    installing gentoo on older software is not really good, especially if it's your main device. because everything is going to take forever at the start do to compiling. i'm wondering what about debian wasn't working, since i've never encountered any issues running devuan (debain minus systemd). i personally use slackware at the moment and have for some time now. but you have to compile packages that aren't in the main repo and don't have an rpm available. so take that into account if you want to try that.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      void wouldn't boot after going through void-install. I always hesitate to say nothing went wrong on my part, but I've had the same issue with other distros with automated installs, and I've had void linux working on other hardware with no issue. I had done some troubleshooting but I couldn't figure out what was going wrong.

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