Reply 80 of 90, by jakethompson1
the3dfxdude wrote on 2021-09-10, 23:33:
That's really neat. […]Caluser2000 wrote on 2021-09-10, 22:57:
Although a bit lethargic an older Firefox-esr on Devuan Jessie(When archive status middle of last year) works on a shoe string on my K6-2 400 rig. Fine for this site and some old computer sites. Slackware 14.2 on the same system Firefox-esr is even quicker. Both Linux version boot up to the desktop in under a minute on spinning rust.
That's really neat.
One thing to note on these era systems, there were a number of period correct GPUs that had accelerated X drivers back in the day. But in modern linux, they are no longer accelerated. Unless you can somehow get these old drivers versions compiled again that have support. Anyway, here are some tips to consider to bring some of this back in modern linux, courtesy of flaterco:
I see Slackware came up. I figured it would have earlier. It seems like a good fit.
In addition, X had support for ISA/VLB video cards removed a while ago. XFree86 3.3.6 can be built on modern NetBSD to support them, but the source needs patched in a bunch of places where the C code is too fast and loose for a modern optimizing compiler.
About a year or so ago, I built the whole NetBSD OS with custom compiler flags for a 486 to try and shrink things down. It wasn't as painful as it sounds, but unfortunately I didn't keep the notes I made. Modern NetBSD or Linux, the issue is more RAM than anything else. NetBSD 9 was hopeless with under 32MB.