Devuan to the rescue
Via, of all things social galactic, I read links on rescuing old hardware using Devuan. It gets rid of Systemd. This allowed him to resurrect some old hardware. I have an old laptop that has major problems with wifi. Let’s see if this works.
Devuan GNU+Linux is a fork of Debian without systemd that allows users to reclaim control over their system by avoiding unnecessary entanglements and ensuring Init Freedom.
So, downloaded the stable iso, burned it, and booted. I was out of usb sticks so went out to get some small ones — small is now 32 GB, whit ch used to be overkill, and then booted it into the old machine.
Simple xfce interface. Has older wifi system that identified the wifi card, found all the networks and identified security for all of them. The main issue was recalling the passwords.
The system is stable at first install. Synaptic works.
It does feel old school, but rock stable, which is how debian should feel. I still consider Manjaro as the best choice for modern machines, but Devuan is very good. And it rescued and old machine.
Testing this I’m having difficulty getting bluetooth working to stream music to speakers — but I have that client on my cellphone. I’ve installed Chromium and Midori. This will work until I can get an ARM laptop, then back to Manjaro,
Cleantalk security is disabled. The spam capture is working though.
I have added a WordPress login for comments. I’m also going to hold my nose and allow facebook and twitter. Let’s see where that goes.