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Well first off, welcome to the ranks of the technologically elite. Secondly, there is no "best" distro. Each one has its pros and cons.
Personally I have had good luck with Ubuntu and would highly recommend it. Been running it since 7.04 (about 3 years), and I have noticed that there is a LARGE Ubuntu community with lots of help out there. Its also very user friendly and it's easy to install/uninstall software with.
Since you are running old hardware, I would suggest Xubuntu. Basically it's is Ubuntu with a lightweight window manager (XFCE), and a few other differences.
You might also try Slackware. I started with it and once you get that hang of the text menus and install options ( I don't no what its is like now), its easy to get along with. The downside is that their software repositories house older (but more stable) software.
While xubuntu requires less resources than the other ubuntu variants, xfce it is not really very "light". Distros that work well on older hardware without requiring any tweaking include things like puppy and slitaz.
PS. Almost any distro can be used on low end machines, but will require significant customization relative to the "default desktop" that is setup for the user.
Install a Debian or Ubuntu command line system and add fvwm-crystal or lxde. Crystal looks great but is completely unlike windows, KDE or Gnome; I don't know about Debian but Ubuntu provides one that is pretty much preconfigured so you don't need to write your own config files. Dispense with a display manager and create and xsession file (or use wdm display manager); KDM or GDM are too heavy and bring in too many dependencies that will only chew up resources that are better used elsewhere. I have recently installed ubuntu as a virtual machine and wdm + crystal + ROX consume only about 60MB. http://polishlinux.org/apps/fvwm-cry...-transparency/ http://lxde.org/
With only 128MB RAM, I think you'll find Puppy to be much more satisfying than Lubuntu (and Lubuntu much more satisfying than Xubuntu). I found Puppy 1.17 worked very well on my old NEC laptop (K6-300, 64 MB RAM, 4GB HD) back in the day.