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Distribution: Fedora 20 Jam-KDE Spin (32bit-PAE) and Debian/KDE Testing (64bit)
I had to install Linux on an older computer, a little newer than yours. 2300+ I installed Debian LXDE and that worked fine, though it was slow compared to what I was use to. The biggest issue I had was with Flash. Newer flash did not work with older AMD processors. Gnash did work but was very limited. I also had an old NVidia 6200 and 1GB of ram.
For what it is worth, I am now running Slackware 14.1 (current release) on this...
Linux eridani 3.10.17-smp #1 SMP Wed Oct 23 17:04:08 CDT 2013 i686 AMD Athlon(tm) AuthenticAMD GNU/Linux
# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
cpu family : 6
model : 8
model name : AMD Athlon(tm)
stepping : 0
cpu MHz : 1248.759
# cat /proc/meminfo
MemTotal: 251676 kB
MemFree: 134680 kB
Buffers: 29640 kB
Cached: 58104 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 41292 kB
Inactive: 53956 kB
The memory info was taken immediately after boot with SSH login.
In that it is running apache server, nfs server but no X server.
Although I run it as a headless server, I did startand run X with Fluxbox when I first installed it - but there was no breathing room for much of anything else.
Extra RAM is in the mail as I type.
So, it is certainly possible to run GNU/Linux on your system, not so sure about Mint. But I would also highly recommend that you add memory if you want to use it for web browsing and normal use in an X environment.
1gb at least is best, though there are systems for that little ram. One, "WattOS" was built for older systems and uses LXDE. There is Bodhi, which will work ok with little recourses. There is also DSL Linux. Tails is ok though it is not intended for installation.
Another option would be to build a custom system that could require less recourses, maybe build a Arch Linux system....
1 gb of Ram or above is nessersary for even using the latest google and mozilla internet browsers now. Also a processor of 1 ghz and above is recommended too. Cable/DSL internet connections really hammer CPU and Ram usage.
Puppy Linux will fit quite comfortably into 256 megabytes of RAM. It boots from a CD, runs in RAM, it is easy to configure, and it provides snappy performance on old computers. Although Slackware is my main distro, I have had a lot of fun playing around with Puppy.