We don't get many polls (or, well.. posts) 'round these parts, so I thought I'd finally ask what I've long been wondering about DSL users. What sort of machines are they ruinning the OS on?
Select as many options as you have PCs running DSL. If your PC has one of the specific models of CPU in it, then the job's easy, otherwise (eg. an Intel Celeron) you'll have to have an idea of what main models were about at the time it was made. A good source of information on old CPUs that conveys the general and inspecific nature of it all is The Red Hill Hardware Guide (http://www.redhill.net.au/iu.html), but it's a bit of a read.
Feel free to post a reply with more details about your machine/s too.
As a quick attempt to generalise, here are the CPU models compared to the sorts of speeds you might expect (completely inaccurate as I haven't the time to look it all up, but gives you a rough idea from the top of my head):
486 - 33MHz-120MHz?
Pentium 1 - 90MHz-150MHz
Pentium 2 - 160MHz-~380MHz?
Pentium 3 - 450MHz-1400MHz
- Really covers two generations in terms of speed, with the Athlon Thunderbird - but I can't add any more options.
Pentium 4 - 1300MHz-~3000MHz+
-The plus indicates to select this option if you have anything later (it doesn't really matter here as this sort of CPU will never limit a normal DSL install).
All that in about a decade, by the way.
The hard part has been working out how to class PC "generations". I've decided on the usual method of CPU models. RAM is important too, but it can be upgraded more easilly than a CPU, and (mainly due to this fact) is hard to class in combination with CPU generations.
I'll admit it's all pretty general, and probably hard for those who don't know much about computer hardware, but hopefully this will give a rough idea of what sort of machines DSL is going on to.
For my part, I'm posting from a Pentium 1 120MHz with 81MB RAM (I upgraded it from 32MB, but it worked pretty well beforehand as well). I also use it on an IBM Thinkpad R31 laptop with a Pentium 3 ~1GHz and 512MB RAM, and I've put it on a couple of similar era machines for other people.