Who is using old laptops, thanks to linux?

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Re: Who is using old laptops, thanks to linux?

Postby kevinthefixer » 2018-10-07 15:02

Haven't heard of Alpine before. Unfortunately I don't have time to play right now.
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Re: Who is using old laptops, thanks to linux?

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-10-07 15:06

If you do find the time I have a webpage with some notes on using Alpine Linux for the desktop:

https://head-on-a-stick.github.io/

It really is Linux Done Right:)
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Re: Who is using old laptops, thanks to linux?

Postby kevinthefixer » 2018-10-07 15:33

Bookmarked for its time. Right now I'm having too much fun with Stretch (and getting some work done too). Storm last week took out my main desktop, not just the power supply unfortunately although it tested bad, new one tests good but computer is still completely unresponsive. Lot of work to set up a mainframe with all the multimedia, samba and all, and as I'm sure you're well aware, most of the documentation is woefully out of date. Info can be found but it's not as simple as looking in the wiki. Thanks for the info!
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Re: Who is using old laptops, thanks to linux?

Postby n_hologram » 2018-10-08 19:37

I have a toy project based on minimal devuan, but I'm sure much of it would translate to debian minimal, too. It started rough but is mostly stable now. It's really just a bunch of under-the-hood tweaks to a minimal base, and is meant to be used with a simple window manager, like dwm or the boxes. The different configs and scripts accomplish the same tasks as other managers (wifi, power, etc) without the overhead of a GUI and with more flexibility for automation and customization.
https://github.com/souperdoupe/crunkbong

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:the musl libc base is noticeably lighter than the bloated GNU libc variant (as used by Debian)

noob question, but how are you measuring this?
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the crunkbong project: scripts, operating system, the list goes on...
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Re: Who is using old laptops, thanks to linux?

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2018-10-08 19:47

n_hologram wrote:https://github.com/souperdoupe/crunkbong

I love that project, it is awesome :cool:

n_hologram wrote:
Head_on_a_Stick wrote:the musl libc base is noticeably lighter than the bloated GNU libc variant (as used by Debian)

noob question, but how are you measuring this?

I have a readout of the load average of the system over the last minute displaying in the status bar of my desktop:
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while sleep 1;do xsetroot -name "$(uptime|awk '{gsub(",","");print $9}')  •  $(apm|awk '/Battery/{print $4}')  •  $(date +'%F  •  %T')";done&

^ That's for OpenBSD, for Linux I awk /proc/loadavg directly.

I also like to check memory usage at a bare desktop and I think Alpine Linux holds the record at the moment (~32MiB used in a 64-bit system with 4GiB total RAM) but OpenBSD only uses slightly more memory with a slightly lower load average so... *shrugs*

EDIT: I would claim a subjective benefit in respect of how snappy the system feels but this is probably just my imagination:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias

Benchmarks ftw! :mrgreen:
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Re: Who is using old laptops, thanks to linux?

Postby kevinthefixer » 2018-10-09 00:56

Head_on_a_Stick wrote:EDIT: I would claim a subjective benefit in respect of how snappy the system feels but this is probably just my imagination:

So long as you feel it's better, who else cares? One of the things I like about Linux, and open-source in general, is the right to suit yourself. I was going to say the ability, but that's up to you also, to aquire it or not. Sorry if I'm a bit off-topic. Oh, OK, not all that sorry.
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