What ditribution would be suited for a 450 MHZ Pentium 3
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FWIW, I run SuSE on a dual celeron (472Mhz right now I think, the celeron is the Celeron 300A which is basically a Pentium II chip with a very small but chip-speed cache) and it runs just fine. Pick ANY distro and just don't load all the eye candy and don't run 2,391,273 programs in the background and it will be very usable.
Sorry to disagree with you KimVette, but I tried Suse on an AMD K2 500 with 128 Mb RAM and it simply couldn't make Suse work at a reasonable speed. Suse automatically loads so many things you need to disable before it becomes in the least manageable.
You are right in the sense that heavy desktops like KDE or Gnome won't work properly and you'll have to look for a lighter and faster desktop environment like Fluxbox or XFCE
Emelfm (1) or xfe as file manager (i much prefer emelfm),
opera as browser,
aterm as terminal,
sylpheed-claws or muttng for mail,
xmms for music,
mplayer for videos
graveman or gcombust to write cd's
abiword to write documents
vim as editor, or nedit
chatting: an irc client trough bitlbee for all networks,
or tmsnc, amsn for msn
Any of the above would work. Personaly Slackware has been my distribution of choice. It's always worked on any system I have tried. It still runs on a PentiumMMX 166mHz i have with fluxbox with no problems.