@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. #LXDE is a dead project since merging with #RazorQT to form #LXQT. Besides which, I've found that #Mate uses about the same amount of system resources, while providing a much smoother #UX. #Debian is definitely a contender:
@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.
@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 #SoftwareFreedom issues many distros have (binary blobs in #Linux, other non-free components, repos of proprietary software turned on by default etc).
@adfeno thanks :)
@strypey You're welcome. :-D
@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.
@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.