Well, just like I ended up doing with the old Dell that I wrote about in an earlier thread
, I finally ended up installing Puppy 4.1.2 on the Pentium 3 PC. I just couldn't spend any more time trying to get VL Light to run on it without problems (e.g., even when it was working, it didn't display any sound mixer icon in the panel).
So I tried installing VL 6.0 Standard on that PC. Everything looked great and worked fine, but it took a relatively long time to install, everything in it ran slowly, and it took up a big chunk of that PC's relatively small hard drive.
In contrast, last night, I did a frugal install of Puppy on that PC in just a few minutes. Everything ran fast afterward, and Puppy takes up a lot less hard drive than even VL Light, even though Puppy comes with Abiword and Gnumeric already installed.
In the past several months, I've done test installations of numerous versions of Feather, Tiny Core, TinyMe, DSL, Slitaz, VL Standard, VL Light, Zenwalk, Absolute, DeLi, Wolvix, antiX, Mepis, Debian, Puppy, gOS, and probably a couple of others, trying to find a lightweight "go-to guy" Linux distro to install and customize -- I remove all of its icons and menu items except for a word processor, spreadsheet, browser, My_Documents folder and shutdown -- on the old, donated PCs that I recycle for the participants at a domestic violence center.
If I were just looking for a hobbyist distro to use on one PC for myself, it might be worth the time and effort to install, tweak and troubleshoot VectorLinux. I especially like VL 6.0 Standard. But I have a lot of people waiting for PCs, and a lot of other work to do at the DV center, so I can't afford to spend a lot of time on each PC.
Just like at least one package maintainer here, I would rather not use Puppy Linux
at all. Unfortunately, at this point, it still appears to be the best choice for my particular needs.
But, in the future, I'll keep trying other distros, including any new versions of VectorLinux, looking for something to replace Puppy.
By the way, thank you very much to everyone who contributed helpful suggestions and recommendations to this thread!