12/01/2017 (Fri) 15:28:56
You could always use an old machine as a serial terminal to a Linux box. Serial-to-USB adapters also exist, which would make it a bit more accessible hardware-wise. You would lose the benefits of UTF-8 but probably far easier than nigger rigging a pre-vga monitor to a modern machine. You could even set up your own dial-up interface if you are brave.
Personally I have an old Pentium 1 era machine with an old CRT (has ISA slots so I could feasibly do monochrome/cga if I had the card + monitor) running FreeDOS for something like that. It uses 10base ethernet and Telnet to a 15+ year old headless Linux box though because I am lazy and have the hardware laying around. I mostly use it for writing since I really like the capacitive switch AT keyboard I have for it. A friend of mine does the same with a 486 and a raspi.