For no good reason other than “I have a pile of weird old hardware laying around from a brother and wouldn’t mind doing something useful with it,” I’m going to attempt to build a replacement for Clank - my little utility netbook.
Clank is one of my random “Let’s use obsolete hardware for useful things” projects, though it may get demoted here at some point if this project works out. Just put a new CMOS battery in it, too…
That particular bit of obsolete hardware (a vintage Asus 1215N from 2010 or so, an Atom D525 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a SSD) dual boots Windows and Linux, and is my “admin beater laptop.” Windows is for Winbox and various utility things that only run on Windows, Linux is the common OS on it for most use, and the thing is an absolute gutless wonder. It’s been struggling with things like the window manager on the more recent Ubuntus, and while it’s got a discrete GPU, it’s of the early “Optimus/Ion” era that is absolutely not supported anymore beyond shutting it off, or, if the stars align, getting a bit of GPU acceleration going via framebuffer copying magic. Except it almost never works on demand, and crashes X in the process.
I have a couple 13" 2008 MacBooks - Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz, some spinning rust, one with 2GB RAM, one with 4GB, and one working battery (the other is a bit puffy and reports as non-operational, I’m inclined to believe it).
They’ll boot Ubuntu 20.04 UEFI, but not Windows 10 USB - it just hangs. So, onto experimenting!
//EDIT: Ooooh. How to get old versions of macOS - Apple Support archives these installer images