Answer is yeap! Bodhi 4.2 32bit Legacy brings out quite a decent multi-tasking experience to users of the computers we refurbish at the city DIY house. Here's a short video that tries to showcase what the OS allows on the desktop, with the default kernel (and applications settings for most). Thought it'd be fair to share it with you guys but please note titles are in French:
Computer is an AMD Athlon XP 1.5GHZ (no SSE2 !) with 500 MB RAM, 60 GB HDD and a 32 MB graphic card )) A few kernels (e.g. linux-ck) are under test as well as settings (e.g. the kernel virtual memory stack). Athlon XP-class PCs are amongst the slowest we've got...
Moreover, I've seen no slowdown at all coming from 3.2 Kuddos Jeff and the volunteers!! To quote a fellow forum member:
Companies that aren't acclimated to the open source ecosystem dismiss legacy support more and more. They're used to the Windows® world where you can't have a functional computer for more than a couple years before you need to replace it. So the idea of a computer that's a decade old being used as a daily machine is foreign to them... they see it as a waste of resources to bother to support it, because of course profit drives all.
Yeap! Now let's keep making use of this situation for our « profit » i.e. human and technical