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I've got a Pentium laptop with 80MB in a drawer; it's pretty much useless. Yes, with considerable shoe-horning you can get Linux to run. 15 minute boot times. 4 minutes to launch an ancient web browser.
15 minute boot times? I don't know exactly how long it takes for my Pentium 120 with 48megs of RAM to boot up, but it's only a few minutes. It definitely takes less than a minute to open up a recent version of Firefox, even with anti-aliased fonts (Dillo is much faster, but I'd rather use a slow Firefox which actually works with all web sites than Dillo which doesn't). I use Debian on it.
Hmm...now that Etch has gone stable, I may just install it clean on this Pentium box just for the heck of it...