Originally Posted by Awatto
To anyone who thinks these distros won't run well on a computer with this old hardware:
I run Ubuntu 10.04 on a computer with a celeron 1.5ghz and 512 ram and it runs fine.
I'd say this is more likely hardware issues, or just the simple fact that adobe flash on full screen is absolutely terrible on linux.
Browsers should not be "slow" and "crashing frequently" out of the box for this user unless they are visiting websites with a bunch of flash (which won't be fixed on linux by anything short of getting a new computer) or hardware/configuration issues.
Speaking from my personal experience with a notebook (Dell Vostro) with a Pentium M, 512M ram: KDE and Gnome run slowly. Very, Very, Very slowly. Therefore I replaced the install with Tinycore and have had more success and speed.
Speaking from my personal experience with my Dell XPS 1640 with a core Duo, 4GB of DDR3, and a Mobile radeon, running Fedora 14 32bit: Flash runs excellent in a window and fullscreen.
IMO; the OP should try some smaller footprint distros and compare.