Linux has Largely Abandoned Still-Useful Near-Vintage Computers
Dell Inspiron 5100 I am sure many experienced Linux users who love old hardware will not be surprised to hear that I have been unable to find an up-to-date distribution of Linux that runs well on my near-vintage, nineteen-year-old Dell Inspiron 5100 with 256 MB of RAM. This is the computer I use specifically for testing software designed for old computers.
@TauAs I've got mixed feelings about this. I like that old hardware is supported, but where do the maintainers draw the line? Pentium? 486? 386? 286?
Also, there is a contradiction in wanting software to run on computers with few resources, and also wanting the software to be lean enough to run on that hardware. Do they not update for new hardware, and only maintain the old? Or do they reduce functionality to support both new and (all?) old hardware. Maybe they should fork?
@grainloom @TauAs I sympathize, and not sure what to do. Hardware is going to improve, and increase, Software is going to progress, and take up more of those resources. Eventually the floor for new software is going to obsolete older systems. Perhaps look into things like Gemini and gopher for networks that limit resource usage? I like my old Amigas, but I accept that they will no longer be able to access the modern web.
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