tommy525 wrote:one of these days, i may rip out the motherboard and the hdd and replace with modern hardware, essentially saving only the case and the powerunit perhaps. but thats another day.
bravo lucid puppy linux.
I've used Puppy Linux in the past. Not bad, though I've moved on to antiX for my eeePC (another Linux distro which is also lightweight). But if you like Puppy (and indeed, it has a lot of endearing easy-to-use features), then stick with it. Enjoy!
Ubuntu is a little heavy weight. One thing you can try (not on the eeePC) is Lubuntu, which is kind of "Ubuntu Light."
Ripping out a motherboard and HD and replacing - usually not very cost-effective. You can't reuse the RAM or CPU, that stuff changes with each new generation. Even old power supplies might not work, depending on how old. Often cheaper to just buy a whole new computer, minus the monitor (you can almost certainly reuse your old monitor, unless it's a clunky CRT which wastes a lot of power - LCD is the only way to go).