I was able to compile 241 and 242 in knoppix 9.1.
I took the compiled mame binary from one knoppix 9.1 system and copied it to another system and it ran just fine.
For silly fun, I wanted to see if mame 242 would run on an old Asus eeepc with limited cpu and ram (by todays standards).
Since the eeepc doesn't have a dvd-rom drive, I booted knoppix from an external usb dvd drive.
It would be very difficult to compile mame 242 on the eeepc, so it was copied from a core-i5 system running knoppix.
Mame would run on the eeepc 701 with 512mb and 900mhz celeron but it was slow (as expected).
Interestingly, the compiled mame 242 binary is about 400mb.
Something simpler that requires less raw power (like pacman) would run pretty well if I changed the desktop resolution down to 640x480 so it didn't have to push as many pixels. Also it needed some frameskipping.
The eeepc 900a with 1gb ram and atom 1.6ghz was a little bit faster, still not quite enough at higher resolutions, but fine with a lower resolution desktop.