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I might be getting my hands on a 10 year old MacBook soon. What's the best distro of / to run on such a device?

@strypey I used to run Fedora on my 200? Macbook, but I felt it took too much memory. I ended up using a really barebones Debian, but I could have just run Debian with LXDE to make it easier.
tl;dr Debian with LXDE (you can choose that in the installer)

@deathmlem thanks for sharing your experiences. is a dead project since merging with to form . Besides which, I've found that uses about the same amount of system resources, while providing a much smoother . is definitely a contender:
coactivate.org/projects/disint

@strypey I was excited to use LXQT but it's kinda wonky :/
I never tried Mate, and I switched back to MacOS

@deathmlem Mate is definitely worth giving a try. But if you are using a device that can run MacOS, I expect you'd be able to run Cinnamon, which is even nicer.

@strypey you could probably work with Devuan or Debian 8.

Depends on what you want to do.

@strypey I always felt that ElementaryOS was the most fitting for a MacBook. Been several years since I used it myself, though.

@stevenroose yeah I was thinking about . It's a shame there isn't a libre version on the list. I might install it to have a play around, but I wouldn't use it day-to-day. Maybe I could try running on top of vanilla ?

@strypey Is your concern closed source drivers? Or just open source software with non-FSF licenses?

@stevenroose I'm not sure there's anyone who is concerned about the latter. It's definitely the former, along with the other issues many distros have (binary blobs in , other non-free components, repos of proprietary software turned on by default etc).
gnu.org/distros/free-system-di

@strypey If you were close at hand I’d offer you another! If there’s anyone within 100 miles of Brighton, Sussex, can use a white MacBook . . do get in touch? I don’t want it to go for scrap, if poss.

@mike_hales have you thought about experimenting with a personal server using something like ? Maybe an old MacBook could be used for that.
freedombone.net/
@bob

@strypey I heard some positive feedback from people who use Debian on MacBooks. Xfce or MATE should work fine.

@neoncipher I don't expect to need a lightweight DE, especially if I upgrade the hard drive to an SSD. If my 32-bit netbook can run Mate fine with 2GB RAM, I expect a lot more from a MacBook the same age.

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