I have recently been setting up an old PC as a backup system for my office enviroment. However 10 year old hardware does have it's limitations so I had to go through a few hoops to get it to my liking.
Now you can log onto the Linux console and type
- Install latest Debian as Ubuntu got a little upset with the old BIOS and disk drives
- Make sure that the system has sshd installed, i.e.
apt-get install ssh
- Stop the graphical login running by executing
update-rc.d -f gdm remove
- Install xfce4 (it uses less resources than KDE or GNOME),
apt-get install xfce4
- Make xfce4 the X window manager by creating a file
~/.Xsession with the line '
startx or use a remote X server display, e.g. X11 on OS/X using ssh X tunnelling.
ssh -X -l <userName> <machineName>
When using a remote X server there can be problems if you do not start some programs in an X term displayed by the X server and for which you started your X tunnel. e.g. xclock does not care, GNUCash crashes the X server. So make sure your X server displays an X term of some description.