New Libreboot Laptop, OS suggestions??

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06-17-2017, 11:23 PM
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Hi all, just put libreboot on a new laptop that I bought for $60. It's a core 2 duo macbook 2,1. It was $60 because it had no battery or ram. Luckily I just so happened to have a few ram sticks laying around that were compatible. The battery I took from a relatives old macbook of the same model.

Was wondering what operating system you guys think I should put on it? Right now it's got arch, but I've been using arch for the last 5 or 6 years now and want something new, something exciting! All suggestions welcome as long as it runs on a x86_64 platform and isn't windows. :-p

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06-18-2017, 12:59 AM
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gentoo, slack, or lfs
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06-18-2017, 08:51 AM
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As a happy FreeBSD user I have to recommend it to you.
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06-18-2017, 02:10 PM
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if you want something exciting, i'd recommend plan 9. though it'd take some time to get used to.

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06-19-2017, 03:49 AM
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(06-18-2017, 12:59 AM)AbsentLife Wrote: gentoo, slack, or lfs

he said he wanted something new and exciting


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06-19-2017, 04:27 AM
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and?
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06-19-2017, 05:01 AM (This post was last modified: 06-19-2017, 05:03 AM by Equinox.)
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(06-19-2017, 04:27 AM)AbsentLife Wrote: and?

nothing you said fit into either of those categories


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06-19-2017, 07:41 AM
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If you really want something new and exciting (read: you'll have to package 50 packages yourself before you can get a desktop up because it's so new) there's agunix: http://agunix.org/

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06-19-2017, 07:55 AM
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(06-19-2017, 03:49 AM)Equinox Wrote:
(06-18-2017, 12:59 AM)AbsentLife Wrote: gentoo, slack, or lfs

he said he wanted something new and exciting

(06-19-2017, 05:01 AM)Equinox Wrote:
(06-19-2017, 04:27 AM)AbsentLife Wrote: and?

nothing you said fit into either of those categories

it is relative and just a suggestion
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07-14-2017, 03:17 PM (This post was last modified: 07-14-2017, 03:19 PM by Beeblebrox.)
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If you're looking for something new, exciting, and interesting, take a look at SourceMage. It's a libre GNU+Linux OS with a really interesting packaging system. They're source-based like Gentoo, but they claim that the package manager does all the work for you (I haven't tested it myself yet).
Alternatively, you could give OpenSUSE Tumbleweed a go. It's a rolling distribution like Arch, but all of the packages that are packaged officially by OpenSUSE themselves (and some that aren't) go through what's called "OpenQA", which basically makes sure that the software isn't broken before it's shipped. The whole thing is automated, and they often have working updates before Arch does. They also have less broken and more up-to-date KDE packages than KDE Neon, which is officially maintained by the KDE team. I have used TW for over a year now and I have only had things break like 4 times, which is pretty good for a rolling release distro.

EDIT:
I should mention that SourceMage is (by default) completely FOSS, but has repos containing proprietary software if you want them.
OpenSUSE allows you to pick what repos (free and non-free) you want when you install it.
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08-13-2017, 11:45 PM
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08-14-2017, 02:12 AM
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You could try pushing the random button at distrowatch. You can find plenty of interesting things. https://distrowatch.com/random.php

(06-19-2017, 03:49 AM)Equinox Wrote: he said he wanted something new and exciting

But at the same time that can easily be misinterpreted, kind of depends on how you read into it. I've used Debian most of my time. Yet I've never tried using Slack. So while Slack is a very very old distro, it is still very much new to me, since I've never used this before. In my case, I would find trying something like that to be very exciting.. so yeah.
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08-15-2017, 05:31 AM
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Wow thanks for the suggestions. For anyone interested, I ended up dual booting freeBSD and parabola. freeBSD for personal computing, and parabola for work.

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