you know what, i have 286 also
still in its working condition with windows
now i installed ubuntu 12.04LTS server(with LAMP,openssh), in P3 its up and running for the past 3 days without any problem, its very simple to install, dont know if something goes wrong. hope it should not happen soon, at least until i gain some knowledge in ubuntu
happy to be in this community!
@snowpine i will be bugging you when i get bugs