I'm an end user with delusions of modest competence.
I had debian 3.0 with linux 2.4.18 kernel set up on a hard disk from
an old machine, and recently moved it over to a new machine:
Shuttle XPC SN45G
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2500, 1.87GHz, 333MHz FSB
Mainboard/Chipset: FN45, NVidia nforce2 ultra 400 ATX
RAM 1GB (2x512MB 184pin DIMM, DDR 333, PC2700)
Primary Master (hda, root on hda1): 2GB hd
Primary Slave: Samsung ATAPI 20x CDROM
Secondary Master (hdc, home on hdc1): 8GB hd
one PCI slot: Creative 56k v.92 PCI modem (controllerless)
one AGP slot: ASUS GeForce4 MX440 ...