Hello everyone Raw newbie here with very few skills. I have an old G4 Quicksilver or Graphite model (bought it used no book) which is nothing more than a test mule for my continuing education. It has a 20.5 Gig hard drive and a 40 gig Maxtor slave drive (whatever that is), 506Mb of RAM and I dont know what the speed of the processor is off-hand but can get that if anyone needs it. This computer came to me with the original OS -9 which ran slow as hell. Ive since been on a mission to see if I can get it to run faster and yes, I do know more RAM will make it faster but it seems to me 506 Mb should at least allow it to run decently (agree, disagree?). This old Mac is very cantankerous about what it will or wont boot so Ill tell you what has worked, or almost worked. I started out installing Ubuntu 10.10 because I had it and it booted. It really didnt run too badly, just a little on the slow side but faster than OS 9. Trying for more speed, Ive lately been trying to boot various versions of the Lubuntu 12.04 daily builds. I finally got one that didnt have a mirror issue that would boot the other day. It was buggy and not ready for prime time, but I was able to take it for a spin. A little faster, but surprisingly, nothing to write home about. I then tried doing a generic Ubuntu 10.10 mini install and applied the Xubuntu desktop. This ran way slower than Ubuntu 10.10. Next, I tried to install Linux Mint 11 via their directions to piggy-back on a Debian mini install and couldnt get past a bug-a-boo I had on most of my attempts with Lubuntu the install goes OK till the end when I get a black screen with a cursor I can move with the mouse, but no desktop comes up (the live CD's would boot properly on my wife's G4 eMac however). I next re-installed Ubuntu 10.10 and installed the LXDE desktop looking for more speed, but found none. I also thought about stripping out a bunch of software Ill never use, but am now wondering if that would be a painstaking waste of time. Im just about out of bullets and could sure use some advice. Feel free to address any of the issues Ive raised. Just be gentle with me, Im no code writer. Thanks!