OK OK the quotes above are form Linuxmint forums which did not help me at all. So my question is still which linux is best for newbie like me that is coming from windows and that will work with the following specs. Dell Inspiron 1000 specs Part Number:1000C3 General Packaged Quantity 1.0 System Type Notebook Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Notebook type Mid-size laptops (6-7.5 lbs.) Processor / Chipset CPU Intel Celeron 2.2 GHz Cache L2 cache - 256.0 KB Front Side Bus 400.0 MHz Chipset SiSM650 Memory RAM 512.0 MB Technology SDRAM Speed 266.0 MHz Slots Qty 2 Empty Slots 0.0 Storage Floppy Drive None Hard Drive 40.0 GB HDD Storage Removable None Optical Drive CD-RW/DVD - Fixed Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD) Write Speed 24x Rewrite Speed 10x Optical Drive (2nd) None Hard drive type Portable Display Type 15.0 in Max Resolution 1024 x 768 ( XGA ) Widescreen No Audio & Video Graphics Processor AGP - Integrated Graphics Card Memory Allocation Technology Shared video memory (UMA) Sound Stereo speakers Compliant Standards AC '97 Input Type Keyboard, Touchpad Communications Wireless 802.11b/g Wireless Controller Dell TrueMobile 1300 Network Interface 10/100 Ethernet Modem Protocols & Specifications ITU V.92 Max Transfer Rate 56.0 Kbps Battery Technology Lithium ion Capacity 65.0 Wh Run Time 2.5 hour(s) AC Adapter Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ) Output 60.0 Watt Connections & Expansion Expansion Bays None Slots 2.0 x PC Card ( 0.0 free ), 1.0 x Memory ( 0.0 free ) Interfaces 1.0 x Network - Phone line - Mini-phone 3.5 mm, 1.0 x Modem - VGA - RJ-45, 1.0 x Microphone - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 1.0 x Headphones - Output - 4 pin USB Type A, 3.0 x Hi-Speed USB - Input - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1.0 x Display / video - RJ-11 Software Software Included Corel WordPerfect Productivity Pack Miscellaneous Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately) Dimensions & Weight Width 33.0 cm Depth 26.8 cm Height 3.7 cm Weight 3.0 kg this my current laptop. I have Puppy Wary 5.5 installed but I would like a more eye candy version that will work with my current specs. and in case I'm posting in the wrong section please let me know so i can repost in the right one thanks. well that's it ladies and gentlemen thanks to whom ever takes the time to read my post you all have wonderful day.