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Distribution: OpenSUSE 13.2 64bit-Gnome on ASUS U52F
You could try a light weight derivate of Ubuntu such as: Lubuntu, or Xubuntu, I also heard great reviews about Elementary OS Luna. You could just do a search to find out if your computer meet the requirements to run them. I believe the PAE support CPU is one of them.
hmmm going with Ubuntu b/c the software engineers working on the vGame I'm producing recommended it ;-)
Bad, bad idea. Ubuntu is very resource heavy, it will not run well on your machine, if at all. You should investigate light weight distros for a machine of those specs. Honestly I wouldn't recommend Ubuntu period because of its instability and integrated spyware, but even if you were determined to run Ubuntu, I wouldn't do it on anything older than 2-3 years.
If you use ubuntu you might want to install a more lightweight desktop like XFCE, otherwise your comp should run it fine with no real issues.
Ubuntu in general I can't recommend for other reasons but 1.66GHz 1GB RAM and an 80GB disk should be usable (though probably a little slow.)
Puppy is a very very specialized distro. It may or may not be close enough to your needs.
Get a version of ubuntu, debian that has a low resource window manager if you need to try to maintain work with ubuntu. Ubuntu site has a few good choices I think. If not lubuntu or xubuntu or the other one.
ack, couldn't get puppy linux or ubuntu 12.04.3 to work (tried to use Universal USB Installer to create bootable memory stick: the former was never recognized, the latter I couldn't figure out where the .iso file to put on the stick is/was). No worries, xp wurqs but sloooooow.
dell latitude d620, intel t2300 @1.666GHz, 1gm of RAM, 74.5g drive
While that hard drive is on the small side (and so, probably a bit old, and so probably not all that fast), the only thing preventing you from having a full choice of distros, not just the small ones, is the quantity of ram. In addition, if you intend to run heavyweight applications, the ram will be a limitation - it will still be possible, but the speed might not be acceptable.