Just got ahold of an old IBM Thinkpad 701c - the "butterfly keyboard" model. It's a really cool little machine, and it seems to work very nicely...
... except that it's got Windows 95 on it, which is rather bloated and slow on this 75MHz 486-based machine with 16MB RAM.
Any suggestions for what OS to replace it with?
I was thinking Linux, but I'm concerned that using a GUI with it will produce a system just as slow, if not slower, than the current Win95 installation.
I'm also wondering about DR-DOS with some sort of GEM variant overtop of if, but the 16-bit, single-tasking limits of GEM have me concerned there.
Finally, I'm wondering about OS/2 Warp (which apparently is what originally shipped with this machine, in a dual-boot setup with Win 3.11).
Any thoughts? As I say I have almost no experience with x86 machines (except for a Performa 640CD/DOS that had a 486 card in it).