I’m running a desktop, but here are my machine stats:
Processor(CPU): Pentium II (Deshutes)
Speed: 350.78 MHz
Total memory (RAM): 245.6 MiB
OS: Linux 188.8.131.52-0.1-default i686
System: openSUSE 11.2 (i586)
KDE: 4.3.5 (KDE 4.3.5) “release 0”
Vendor: nVidia Corporation
Model: GeForce2 MX/MX 400
My machine is a dual-processor machine, but that doesn’t mean my combined 350 MHz x 2 processors is faster than your single 500 MHz.
I installed the nVidia driver and it’s faster than the generic “nv”, but Sys Info still reports “nv” as the Driver.
Speed: Tolerable. Works fine for email with Evolution, web browsing with Firefox 3.6, light image processing with Gimp, and accounting with GnuCash. YouTube stutters like crazy, though mplayer of local files is smooth.
I installed using the full graphical interface and it was fine. The system is completely up-to-date thanks to the new YaST which updates in minutes versus hours(!) with the 10.x YaST releases on my machine.
The machine is about 10 years old now, with only replacements of the power supply and lithium battery. I slowly added CD, DVD, SCSI, ethernet, and USB 2.0 over the years to keep it useful.
I have to say that my netbook, an ASUS 1410, is spoiling me with its speed, so I’m thinking of upgrading… but this machine still works really well.