Some of my attempts researching how to get EOS up and running:
there is no public testnet: https://github.com/EOSIO/eos/wiki/Testnet:-Public
it takes a lot of memory to compile: https://github.com/EOSIO/eos/issues/1573
here they've suggested Docker: https://old.reddit.com/r/EOSDev/comments/8nmlfu/is_there_a_vm_i_could_just_download_and_dont/
Is there a binary I could simply run?
brew install eos
apt-get install eos
You get the idea... Easier to get stared = wider adoption.
I'm terrible at solving build issues, that's why I'm working on the front-end, that's why it is easier for me to download 20GB VM rather than trying to configure everything. Right now giving Docker another shot: https://developers.eos.io/eosio-nodeos/docs/docker-quickstart