Thanksgiving was great! I hope everyone else's holiday went smooth and without incident.
Being a cheapskate, I tend to hang onto computers for longer than I probably should, I also procure older technology if the price is right. Many of these machines are barely suitable to run Windows XP, let alone Windows Vista. My primary computing platform is the Mac, but I also keep my hands in the Linux/Windows realm too. I love using Linux and consider the work-horse for my network computing tasks. One machine I use to surf while at home is a Dell Optiplex GX240. The computer has a Pentium 4 1.7GHz processor, 256MB of RAM, 20GB HDD, and an OEM license for Windows 2000 Professional. I replaced the CD-ROM drive with a DVD/CD-RW drive, everything else is 'stock'. Don't get me wrong, I love Windows 2000, but Microsoft does not develop security updates for that platform any more. I cannot feel safe running it to surf the web. No more Windows 2000 for me, or my clients.
I installed a variant of the Ubuntu operating system called 'Fluxbuntu', basically Ubuntu with fluxbox as the default desktop environment. Fluxbuntu is designed for low-end equipment, and comes freely downloadable on a 300MB CD-ROM. If you have never used fluxbox before you are in for a treat. The desktop is clean and sports only four icons. Installed software is minimal, consisting of Abiword for word processing, Claws for e-mail, Pidgin for chat and Kazehakase for web-browsing (No, I did not spell that wrong).
Check it out...