In a past posting I wrote about finding the right OS for an old IBM Thinkpad T20. In the end I abandoned Linux and installed Windows XP. I don't want to be a system administrator but even with Ubuntu I felt like I had to be. The many hours of trying Linux distributions did teach me that 1) Damn Small Linux is fantastic and 2) Windows XP is a fast and capable OS on low end machines. However, with that said, I think the T20's has extraordinarily well designed and matched hardware.