Just wanted to share my experience from the last few days of experimenting with distros. I have an old laptop with a 1.2Ghz Celeron microprocessor. When my Windows died, I looked around for a distro that would work with my laptop. I found Puppy Linux. It worked fine. Then I wanted to install Openshot to do some video editing. No deal with Puppy Linux. Too many codecs missing. So I started searching again. I could install the latest Linux Mint or Ubuntu but I had to add the "noacpi noapic and nolapic" options before they would boot. What I needed was a Debian-based or Ubuntu-based distro with full access to all the Debian or Ubuntu software packages. Then I tried Linux Mint LMDE. Worked fine. It's based on Debian. Only problem is Debian is not the easiest to work with. Started searching again. Finally found Linux Mint 9 xfce. Worked fine. All the things I need for Openshot are there. In fact, I could install the Ubuntu Studio meta packages and turn it into Ubuntu Studio. That's where I went overboard. The whole thing hung up on me. Now I am re-installing Linux Mint 9 xfce. This time I am only going to add Openshot and nothing else. Hope this is useful for anyone with an old laptop like me.