Puppy will do any thing any other distro can do from 386 machine to x86_64. it is linux it can be ran in ram or as a folder inside windows or a frugal install or a full install.
it is perfect for your machine and comes with two window mangers. it is great for people new to Linux because you just copy your whole system as a folder and if you goof it up you have a back up. puppy is linux and linux runs all of linux.
you can talk debian red hat arch what ever distro it is all linux .
for a complete full development distro for your system would be slackware 10.2 it would run smooth not faster then puppy but smooth.
Last edited by Drakeo; 06-23-2009 at 08:00 AM.