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And btw, linux will run on some unbelieveably low-end systems. Linux From Scratch is probably the only way to go that will get you to a system optimized to that extreme -- and you might even need to build the system on a different machine, then migrate it over.
Either way, pass along some info about what you're working with to help other people looking at this forum.
Realistically, attempting to install a modern, 2006 distro on a machine from (I'm guessing) 1997 or so will give mixed results at best, particularly if you're looking for an advanced, full featured GUI. I'd suggest checking out DSL but the system specs you've listed are going to be a limiting factor
If you are qualified and interested to experiment, I'd be interested to know how this would work. Base install of Debian ... about 100MB, and the newly released (for Debian), Rox Desktop. This is a RISC desktop and supposed to be very light.