Reviving decade-old Macs with antiX and MX Linux (2022)

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  • make_single_eltorito.c

    This is a small c program to create bootable 64 bit linux disks for 32 bit EFI Macbooks (assuming they have 64 bit processors)

  • That old "mac can support 64bit OSes but will only boot 32bit EFI" was one of the first rabbit hole I encountered but casually trying to install Linux. I managed to do it but with such pain. This was the first program I compiled and I didn't know C or programming at the time :

    https://github.com/cassepipe/make_single_eltorito.c

  • Invidious

    Invidious is an alternative front-end to YouTube

  • Sometimes a half-solution will do, like Invidious or Piped.

    [0] https://invidious.io/

    [1] https://github.com/TeamPiped/Piped

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • Piped

    An alternative privacy-friendly YouTube frontend which is efficient by design.

  • Sometimes a half-solution will do, like Invidious or Piped.

    [0] https://invidious.io/

    [1] https://github.com/TeamPiped/Piped

  • openvscode-server

    Run upstream VS Code on a remote machine with access through a modern web browser from any device, anywhere.

  • > Yeah, sadly there are entry level laptops cheaper than a phone or said monitor plus a keyboard and mouse

    Many people already have a monitor, mouse, and keyboard lying around. They'll also have a phone already. Plus, there are very cheap docks where you can just slide your phone into a laptop shell, priced similarly to the worst and most awful Chromebooks imaginable.

    > So nothing works offline.

    You can run a vscode server on your phone (https://github.com/gitpod-io/openvscode-server/releases). What's lacking is the VSCode GUI, so pointing a browser at http://[::1]:8080/ will work just fine.

  • InterWebSnow

    Discontinued Web browser for OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard

  • I use a 2007 iMac running Snow Leopard as my photo lab workstation. Upgraded to 5GB RAM, 512GB SSD. Runs Aperture 2, scans film, and prints photos like a dream. It can even do some light web browsing with https://github.com/wicknix/InterWebSnow, but it often struggles with the modern web.

    This machine can also be upgraded to a Core 2 Extreme, but I haven't found that necessary for my workflow.

  • WorkOS

    The modern identity platform for B2B SaaS. The APIs are flexible and easy-to-use, supporting authentication, user identity, and complex enterprise features like SSO and SCIM provisioning.

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