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Distribution: Ubuntu 11.4,DD-WRT micro plus ssh,lfs-6.6,Fedora 15,Fedora 16
i used to have a 100 mhz pentium with like 64 megs of ram functioning as an nfs/dhcp/nis server running redhat 7.2 for the longest time, however don't expect any repositorys for some of the old distributions to still be available.
Remember these are only recommendations you do not have to use them. Personally I have Slackware 13.0 fully upgraded using kde 4 on a Dell Dimension 3000 desktop with little problems or sluggishness. The machine Specs are a 2.8 ghz P4, 1 gig pc3200 sdram, 40 gig hd, dvd rom, cd burner. A lot has to do with what you wish to use it for as well.
I use mine as a music center for guitar and use hydrogen for a drum machine. Yes the Intel integrated graphics gave me a bit of trouble but I solved that and it has been running ever since just fine.