I was actually able to hard boot a laptop as old as 2003 and used a linux program called puppy linux to keep it running. The only thing is had issues with was the flash player but essentially it could do everything a regular cpu could besides being touch screen of course. Unfortunately, this older model didn't have enough memory to save the software entirely to the hardware so a CD was used and kept instead to hard boot it when ever activated.
It is the lightest version of software out there and is a good alternative compared to what options were like let's say windows 98. Cause like no lie, who would actually consider trying to use that in a html5 and css net formatted world?
I just remembered one of my friends online bringing up the fact that one of their old laptops crapped out on them. He was ready to throw it out if there was no way to fix it. I filled him in on what he could do if all else fails but I'm not sure what was the update on that. All I'm saying is that unless your one of those people who worry about radiation issues from old hardware I feel there's really no other reason to get rid of the classics.
If anything I'm sure there's some way to find use of it even if it's just passing it on to some one else who could use it.
Another thing is a few of the keys being a bit different on the keyboard since it is a linux program and follows the format of apple computers. Meaning there could be a few keys that are just different on the keyboard when using this software. They are minor in my opinion and are easy to get used to when you consider they are the most common keys used like the spacebar or backspace. It’s quite fascinating if you ever consider experimenting with this.
Written by Antonio Westley
Tech: What Can Still Be Done With Old Laptops and Computers