I am working in a cluster environment, where the default emacs version is 24.3. Unfortunately spacemacs support only from >24.4. Administrators refuse to update the version. They asked me install my own emacs using conda. I did that. But, for some reason I am not able to get the spacemacs working. I am not able to change font. Its not recognising the system fonts at all. Also, the display gets scrambled often like the one in the picture.
As a workaround, if you are on the 0.200 series (current master branch) you could locally revert commit efba1fe6bb333416aeb3ca4209689575d73211f4 and disable the auto-update feature (which I think it will be broken if there are local commits on the repository)
There's no guarantee that your spacemacs will work properly, because the error is there for a reason. However, it might work just fine for the features you use.