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Just some random curiosity. ^_^ If you've got more than one laptop, answer for the most recent of them.

Poll #1025656 Your laptop

Importance

It's your primary computer
20(38.5%)
It's your sole computer
7(13.5%)
It's just one of your systems
22(42.3%)
Strictly for work purposes only
0(0.0%)
is a perfectly cromulent word
3(5.8%)

For most or all of the time, what OS does it run?

OS X (Leopard, 10.5)
0(0.0%)
OS X (Tiger, 10.4)
17(33.3%)
OS X (Panther, 10.3)
2(3.9%)
Linux
6(11.8%)
*BSD
1(2.0%)
XP
20(39.2%)
Vista
2(3.9%)
9.x
1(2.0%)
95/98/Me/2000
2(3.9%)
Something else
0(0.0%)

How many OSs do you use on it? (Different versions do count)

Just the one
40(78.4%)
Two
9(17.6%)
Three or more
2(3.9%)

Do you use it for 3D gaming, eg Second Life?

Yes
20(39.2%)
No
31(60.8%)

What processor clock speed does it have?

400MHz or lower
4(7.8%)
Above 400MHz, up to 1GHz
5(9.8%)
Above 1GHz, up to 1.8GHz (single CPU)
20(39.2%)
Above 1GHz, up to 1.8GHz (dual CPU)
2(3.9%)
Above 1.8GHz (single GPU)
10(19.6%)
Above 1.8GHz (dual GPU)
9(17.6%)
Above 1.8GHz (quad CPU or better)
1(2.0%)

Graphics capability (yes, this is vague =:)

Prehistoric (eg Rage 128 or earlier)
7(13.7%)
Integrated Intel graphics (eg GMA950 in a MacBook)
4(7.8%)
Somewhere in the middle (Radeon 9700 Mobility or earlier)
19(37.3%)
Recent
15(29.4%)
Best of breed (eg Nvidia 8600M-GT)
1(2.0%)
No idea
5(9.8%)

It comes with you

to the office
3(6.5%)
to restaurants
0(0.0%)
in the bath
1(2.2%)
to parks/arboreta
1(2.2%)
by the bedside/on the bed
16(34.8%)

Longetivity - it's experienced

a fall of more than two feet
1(2.4%)
being left somewhere unattended by accident
0(0.0%)
having a drink spilled on it
1(2.4%)
some other fluid accident
0(0.0%)
being stepped on or run over
1(2.4%)
horrors you can't even begin to imagine
3(7.3%)
love
12(29.3%)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oof.. it'd definitely be fairly painfully slow, but theoretically, it should work - the catch, as you've probably found, is the client insists on at least 16MB of VRAM. (Ocelot has 8MB, though in my case, that's usually split between the non-functional internal and the external monitor. Trying it on that gave a cool "mirroring into infinity" effect, with the window being flipped vertically each step)

I've not looked through the code much, but perhaps you could manually force a lower VRAM option. With any luck, that'd just mean not being able to cache much by way of textures, whilst still leaving it basically usable.

An alternative, though, might be the AJAX solution mentioned on Boing Boing a week or two back - text only, I think, but it'd be okay for being able to use SL as an IM network.

I wonder if anyone's working on bringing the client to older hardware? Might be worth poking around the developer wiki. Just a pity there are some closed libraries still - I'd love to hack around with a PSP version of the client. =:D