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Ubuntu is a great choice for beginners (it was MY first distro!)
Just a heads-up that Ubuntu Network Remix no longer exists as a separate entity--now it's just "regular" Ubuntu whether you use a desktop, laptop, or netbook.
Honorable mention to Mint; I am not very experienced with it, but it has a great reputation for beginners too.
Before putting Linux on the box, check whether it has Broadcom wirelss (Dell seems to be a Broadcom shop). If so, read up on how to get Broadcom wireless working. Searching LQ for "Linux Broadcom wireless" should turn up all the information you need.
Probably Ubuntu + Fluxbox.
Which is lighter GUI: Xfce or Fluxbox?
Flux has a lot less graphically. I had both on one of my distro's ... and kept Xfce, but I use fluxbox way more ... somethings are a bit harder to set up in it (such as getting it to start wireless especially if you use another desktop with it-one line in the config fixed this for me), but it is nice. Comes with a few different 'styles/themes', and I am about 95% sure it is the lighter one.