My one and only computer:
System: Host: hatimi-desktop Kernel: 4.4.0-22-generic i686 (32 bit)
Desktop: MATE 1.12.1 Distro: Ubuntu 16.04 xenial
Machine: Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P5GC-MX/GBL v: Rev x.xx
Bios: American Megatrends v: 0404 date: 07/31/2008
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium 4 (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB
speed: 2666 MHz (max)
Graphics: Card: Intel 82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller
Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 driver: intel
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945G x86/MMX/SSE2
GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 11.2.0
Audio: Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-22-generic
Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Drives: HDD Total Size: 250.1GB (26.0% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD2500JB size: 250.1GB
POD TonePort/GearBox USB sound card (formerly used for recording during my windows time but now solely used as external sound card)
The partition is in LVM which I had when installed previous Ubuntu Unity.
What I use the computer for?
Basically almost everything since this is my only machine...from watching videos, browsing internet, to doing graphic stuffs using Inkscape, Gimp and Scribus... I don't play games though and don't have printer and scanner
I bought this computer in around 2005-2006 and even so, the processor was not the higher end one at that time... LOL this is mainly because I had a tight budget and for some reason I did not brave enough to use AMD...along the way I have changed the motherboard and upgraded the RAM to 2GB.
I recently switched to MATE from Unity. I'm new to linux and my first install was ubuntu 12.04 (using wubi.exe installed on windows XP). When microsoft stopped XP support in 2014, I single installed 14.04 Unity to just give it a try although my machine might not powerful enough and it wasn't run that smoothly under 12.04. To my surprise it runs much faster than when it was dual installed with windows....and without realizing it I have been using unity up to 15.10.
Then when the new LTS comes out, I'm thinking of to try out different DE to see if i can optimize my old hardware more. And here I am using MATE at the moment...I was expecting some drastic improvements on my hardware but I guess unless I use stuff like LXDE, the differences are not too obvious for my kind of hardware.
Anyway, I think I would stick with MATE for now because I like this forum... I mean it's easier for noob linux user like me to look for tips and workaround for potential future problems. That's one of the reasons why I chose MATE in the first place...