I’ve been taking advantage of some downtime and revisiting a couple of older computers that I have laying around. At the moment, I’m looking at my wife’s old Acer Aspire One D250 netbook. This is your basic Atom N270-based system with a 1024x600 screen, 2GB RAM, and an 802.11G Atheros WiFi card. I’ve ordered a used 64GB SSD for it and now I’m exploring options for a 32-bit Linux Distro.
As I recall, Ubuntu stopped providing a 32-bit LTS with 18.04, though this release is still being supported. Since I only have 2GB of RAM to work with, it would seem that a lightweight distro is in order. Along that line, there is, of course, Lubuntu and Xubuntu 18.04. An interesting alternative would seem to be Zorin OS Lite which is also, IIRC, based on Ubuntu 16.04 and XFCE4.
In terms of ongoing 32-bit support, my impression is that the obvious choice is Debian or a Debian-based distro like MX Linux or Sparky Linux. Then there is the Arch-based solution- Arch Linux 32.
I have to admit that Arch Linux 32 sounds potentially interesting. Anybody here have any experience with it? Any other thoughts on 32-bit options in general?