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It probably is more important what you want to run on it. Just about any disto and version will be ok. Disk space is more important, and if you want to run any programs needing heavy CPU/memory.
Ive a basic file server on 90s era hardware running CentOS just fine. But its a barebones install with only the OS and a few file tools.
Thats one of the good things about *nix, its not really dependant on hardware, the way windows or apple OS's are. For a better example, just look at all the *nix based OS's running on all these microprocessors now.
By minimum memory size:
512MB : Linux Lite, Mint (Mate version), Point, SalineOS
256MB : Salix (Xfce version), Vector Standard (Xfce version), ZevenOS
128MB : AntiX, Bodhi, Salix (LXDE or Fluxbox versions), Swift, Vector Standard (Fluxbox version), Zorin OS Light
non-pae CPUs (Pentium I, some early Pentium M): Bodhi
Pentium Pro is the minimum recommended by Vector, Pentium II by AntiX, Bodhi, Swift, and Zorin OS, Pentium III by the rest
If you can't use a DVD and have to boot from CD, then AntiX, Bodhi, Salix, Vector, or Zorin OS Light are available.