I'm going back to uni later in the year, and the netbook I habitually use to check my email in the morning isn't going to cut it for research and for writing essays, if only because of its tiny screen and keyboard.
I've got this elderly Power Macintosh G4
sitting idle, or rather, running OS 10.4 badly, which amounts to the same thing. It has rather more RAM on it than the specs show—I put in some more to bring it to 1.75 GB. I have the idea of running a distribution of linux on it, perhaps with one of the smaller window managers like fluxbox or xfce, but I'm not sure about how viable my plan is.
Is it realistic to use an ageing, nearly decade-old, system to get me through the web research and word processing of one more degree? Would it be a better use of my time to dip into my savings and simply buy a cheap but fresh new desktop computer with a contemporary processor?
I've previously used Ubuntu with GNOME (and am running it on the netbook), but I'm quite happy to branch out to other distributions.