Best Things to do With Your Old Computer
1. Install Linux OS
1. Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux is one of the best lightweight Linux OS which requires very less memory resources, making it suitable for computers with low configuration. The entire operating system just requires 130 MB of space and can run from RAM , which makes it unusually fast even in old computers. You can live boot Puppy Linux from CD's, DVDs, USB flash drive and other portable media. It includes wide range of applications like word-processors, lightweight internet browsers, multimedia player and many other utilities.
Lubuntu is another fast and light weight operating system from Linux. Same like puppy Linux, Lubuntu is intended to support Computers with low configuration. It can be installed from pendrive or CD. Lubuntu also comes with wide range of applications like mp3 player, PDF reader, Word processor and many other utilities.
You can download latest version of Lubuntu from the following link
To know how to install Lubuntu go to the following link
Installation instructions for Lubuntu
2. Use it as a Home Server
Hardware Requirements for FreeNAS:
Bootable Drive or USB key
Free Disc space: 32MB
Motherboard with 32 bit processor
A keyboard and a monitor during installation of FreeNAS, You won't need them after installation.
Steps to download and install FreeNAS:
1. Download the FreeNAS iso disc image from freenas.org .
2. After Downloading FreeNAS iso disc image burn the disc image into a CD.
3. Now boot your PC from the CD and follow the quick installation steps. After installation configure the network and set the box's IP address.
4. Now you can access the FreeNAS box via web browser from another PC on the same network .
click here for Detailed installation steps