Planet13 - 2:55 pm on Oct 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
Just to follow up on the original topic of which distro of Linux is good for older machines:
I currently have a love / hate relationship with Bodhi Linux 2.4 NON-pae version.
It is certainly fast, and it seems to work well on P4 machines (as long as you are sure to install the NON-pae version).
The problem is that the E17 desktop / window manager interface is SO different from windows (and most other Linux desktops) that it is really difficult to do some basic stuff.
Plus, it doesn't have a HUGE community of users, so there isn't as much user-contributed help out there.
Plus the support forum is not particularly user friendly. For instance, if you search "chmod" on the support forum, you get zero results - even though there are several threads that mention chmod. It is just that for whatever reason, their forum doesn't index the term chmod.
But it is fast, and it has some gorgeous themes. And it works on older machines. And being based on ubuntu LTS, it is stable and dependable, with lots of software out there.
Hope this helps anyone else who might be moving from windows to Linux.
If you have a dual core machine or better and you would like something of a windows XP "replacement" then maybe Linux Mint is pretty close to what you might want.