Not really. Was cleaning out my stuff and found an old Toshiba Portege 610CT. That’s like…. OLD. The BIOS date is 1995. An 11 yr old box. Woot - Pentium/90 with 40MB of RAM. So, armed with an 11 yr old computer, what do I do? Install Linux on it, of course!
I pulled the disk out of this guy and slotted it in a PIII Dell, and booted my copy of Damn Small Linux. Once it booted, I selected “Install to hard disk” and within five minutes it was done. Put the drive back in the Portege and booted it up, and up she came.
If you haven’t fooled with Damn Small Linux, spend some time with it. The ability to install on a very marginal system such as this and actually have a usable platform (slow, but usable) is a good thing to have in your toolbox. Damn Small Linux also installs on a USB key - that’s something every sysadmin should have ready for use in a pinch.