I am new to Bodhi. I've been using Linux since the late 1990's, starting out with Red Hat 6.0, SuSE 5.3 and Corel Linux 1.0. When Loki Games was still active, found the stability in Linux unsurpassed when compared with Microsoft Windows 95, 98. My son would play Heroes of Might and Magic 3.0 for hours without crashing. We also had the Windows version, the system would mysteriously crash after 40 minutes of play. Because Linux ran so well, my son could get in before others and host games. We tired from lack of sleep rather than frustration from system instability. All my computers are dual boot except for ASUS 701SD, Windows only used for specific websites that require it for example, updating my GPS and Windows specific plug-ins (which is becoming rarer day by day) and a few speciality apps that there are no Linux counterparts.
How I found your distro is through an ixquick search. (I rarely use Google and others due to privacy concerns. ) A little about myself, I'm a long term musician and use my legacy ASUS 701SD netbook as an MP3 player for backing tracks as my band through a portable powered 15" PA speaker for my jazz sax playing. The ASUS has an excellent A to D converter, but is limited on resources with 512 MB RAM, Intel Celeron M353 900 MHz CPU and a 4 GB SSD. With Audacious it does a decent job as an MP3 player front end. I use a 16 GB thumb drive to contain the backing tracks. The SSD makes it ideal as it can take travel and stage knocks without problems.
I was using various lightweight versions of Ubuntu, latest Lubuntu 16.04 LTS. It worked, because it has the alternate version, which allows me to install through a text interface. The 701SD has a limited 800x480 pixel screen, graphic version does not allow me to select 640x480, so I can't see the bottom of the screen. However, with limited 4 GB SSD, growth of the kernel and basic bundled apps in the latest downloads no longer allow me to update without creatively deleting files I supposedly do not need without Synaptic wanting to delete the XFCE desktop. I've run out of space. (The 701SD, the earlier version I have has a hardware / firmware bug that does not allow me to use a partition (not even Linux formatted! on a thumb drive or SD card to expand the physical system hard disk space.)
Thus, I plan to give your legacy version a shot with my 701SD, will let you know how it goes. As far as retaining a 32 bit PAE version, as long as you continue to support the non-PAE legacy will help out people like myself with older systems.