That’s a very modest computer, but there’s nothing weird about it: Intel 32-bit Atom processor and support chips with American Megatrends BIOS. The challenge is the 512MB memory, but that’s not a complete show-stopper: AntiX Linux will run on half of that. It’s worth getting that and trying it.
I have tried tens of Linux distributions. Most do not boot at all. The ones which do boot, the touchscreen (Only method of controlling the device aside from the keyboard) works incorrectly, and usually the WiFi does not work. Sometimes even the sound does not work. See:
Only about Puppy since it is the only distribution I have tried where everything has worked EXCEPT the touchscreen.
But at his point I have figured it is not worth trying to get other distributions to work considering the currently installed Linux is working great with zero issues aside from the inability to play anything.
Ah, the touch screen is the one thing I never knew about — I should have searched the make and model on the web. Looking at the responses to your posts on other sites, I think this is a lost cause. More memory would make a modern distro possible, but where would you find it? A mouse might make it possible to use a distro with no touch-screen support, if it worked, but that would rather cancel the convenience of the physical format of the tablet. Old hardware eventually reaches the end of its life — my laptop is facing the same fate, unfortunately.
There are no issues with the performance of the device with the currently installed OS, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04. Web browsing is quick enough with Seamonkey 2.26 - even the YouTube site loads with completely tolerable time. Could sit and use it all day happily, if not for the problem no formats play. (Also an adblocker would be nice)
I refuse to give into this silly issue. It is fixable.