It’s nice working on a 42″ plasma TV in the living room(!) where the internet router is situated. I managed to get a DVI <> HDMI cable for the old Dell Dimension (which means no more bulky old Dell monitor)
Installed a Debian image onto the previously WinXP Dell, using Unetbootin and a USB drive.
I now have 5 x R Pi with 32GB SD cards and MongoDB installed on Raspbian O/S, plus MongoDB installed on the old Dell.
I have also installed Oracle Virtual Box which lets you create virtual machines relatively easily.
The Dell is so old it doesn’t have an internal wireless card. Instead I use a wifi dongle
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0846:4260 NetGear, Inc. WG111v3 54 Mbps Wireless [realtek RTL8187B]
$ sudo iwlist wlan0 scan | grep ‘BT’
$ man 5 interfaces
$ man 8 wpa_supplicant
$ man 8 iwconfig
$ man 8 iwlist
Take a look/install these Unix GUIs to help with setting up a network connection