It has set to the side gathering dust for a few months. It was loaded with Sidux. But, while it was fast, I was uncomfortable with it and unable to do many of the things that I need to do. I moved my living situation around and the machine never actually got hooked back up until now. It was sitting there beside a mini-video recording studio which also remained unplugged until now. But it's all hooked up and running now, save the need for a couple of minor tweeks.
So, I needed to get the machine loaded with an OS that WORKS and that I am comfortable with. I tried Linux Mint several months ago and was mostly unimpressed with it. But the new Linux Mint 9 is more attractive and usable. I downloaded and installed it on the old machine. It took several tried to get it installed but in the end I was successful.
In spite of my new found enthusiasm for LM9, after it was installed I discovered that it still is a bit slow. So, I decided to keep it as a primary OS for the machine, on which I can do things that I need to do that I am not savy enough to do on other OS's, and to run LuPu501 Puppy Linux as a general use OS. LuPu is based on Ubuntu Lucid and is fast as greased lightening.
I think I'll stick with this set up for a while. I'll obviously need to make sure that between these two OS's I will have access to all of the video editing tools I will need for my video studio. But at this point I am confident that this combination setup will serve my needs satisfactorily.
For anyone else trying to get extra miles out of an old box I would highly recommend taking a good look at Puppy Linux (http://puppylinux.org/main/index.php?file=Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm). There are hundreds of versions available to meet your particular needs and the Puppy Linux Community is awesome! I have never experienced a community that is so eager to assist you to get the most out of your Linux experience (yes, even Ubuntu Forums).
Stay tuned and I'll update this experience in the near future.