In search of Linux distro for older pc - already tried a few
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I'd have to say Slackware for those specs, but as you may have already figured out it has a great deal to do with personal choice. Personally I feel that Slack is preferable for stability and performance, especially on older machines (although it works great on new ones too).
Worst (and best) case, try out more than one and see which works best for you.
Slackware or one of it's new user friendly derivatives or perhaps FreeBSD or OpenBSD with a nice light window manager. FreeBSD comes in some user friendly derivatives, but they mostly use KDE. DesktopBSD may give you a choice though. It' definitely worth checking out.
Debian + openbox did work great Thanks everyone. I can even run flash movies smoothly!
I didn't install openoffice and adobe pdf, instead I use abiword and xpdf. I'm not planning to use this pc as an office pc, so those programs will be fine for reading documents.