If you've been with me for a while, you might remember my post from July 2012 when I proudly announced I had installed CrunchBang Linux 10 on my 2004 IBM ThinkPad X31.
That computer had a 1.something GHz Pentium M with 512MB of RAM and an almost-dead <80GB IDE hard drive...but it was my gateway into the wonderful world of Linux.
Fast-forwarding to 2019, I've got a small Chromebook running GalliumOS (a Chromebook-optimized distro built from Xubuntu), and have been enjoying using it for everything from web browsing to video editing (though it's pretty slow for that task). However, the limited <16GB onboard storage and somewhat substandard performance make it unsuitable for a "desktop replacement" PC. So my thoughts turned to my other PC, a 2012 Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet that I got a few years ago.
I got this computer (with an i5 and 4GB of RAM) from Newegg to use as a "light note-taking PC" (which I never ended up using it for). The Windows 7 Pro it had made it very useful for running legacy applications, and I didn't want to totally wipe it to make way for Linux.
(The impetus for this whole move was Microsoft ending support for Win7 next year, and I'm not about to install Windows 10 on anything I own.)
So, I just got a cheap SSD to eliminate all risk of damaging the Windows 7 installation with a dual-boot, and installed Linux on that.
And of course, I chose the community-driven successor to CrunchBang, BunsenLabs Linux. It looks almost identical, using Openbox as a window manager. With an SSD, it just flies. Very enjoyable to use! And now that I have more of an understanding of the underlying principles of Linux, I can navigate around and edit config files much better than I ever could in high school.
A screenshot of that old blog post on that PC's successor: