Hello, SolusUmbra. Welcome to BC, and to the Linux & Unix sub-forum. I hope you enjoy your time here.
Mm. Well, now; a Vista machine, and half a gig of RAM. Like Nick, I didn't think that was possible! I'm surprised at that; normally, Vista machines shipped with at least a gig, if not 2. I'm having a bit of trouble tracking down a 520 Celeron M, too; according to my sources, the 1.6 GHz Celeron M was a 380, Dothan core.....but that's not that important.
The problem is that 512 MB of RAM. At least you're in a better position than I was, when I first started experimenting with Linux on a very elderly Dell Inspiron lappie.....an original 1100, from 2002/3. I only had 128 MB to begin with; wasn't long before I added another gig or so..... Still, I converted a mate's very sick Vista machine to Puppy a couple of years ago, and he's as happy as a sandboy now.
Normally, I would agree with John, and recommend Tahrpup 6.05. It's my go-to Pup under most circumstances, and I usually recommend to install it in 'frugal' mode. This ensures that Puppy will load entirely into RAM, and run from there; RAM being the very fastest component of any machine. Phil Broughton, its developer, recognised that most people's experiences with Linux tend to be permanently coloured by their first encounters with it.....which is why he went out of his way to ensure that absolutely everything works, OOTB.
What d'you actually envisage doing with this old girl? Just browsing, e-mails, listening to music.....that kind of thing? Or did you have anything more complex in mind.....like video processing, or complex graphics apps?
That's the kind of information that's of more use to me at this juncture, so that I can recommend the best Puppy for you. And just so you know, there's a lot more than 5 Pups; there's somewhere over 300 Pups that are available for immediate download and use, as of this moment..! That's because the Puppy community positively encourages users to develop and 're-master' their own 'Puplets'; Puppy includes all the tools needed to perform this very process. There's Pups that have been developed for just about every scenario you can possibly imagine.
In normal circumstances, were your machine to possess a couple of gigs or so of RAM, I would recommend that you let some of the others here help you with an install of Linux Mint, which is the most popular distro out there at the moment.....but you're seriously 'RAM-challenged', I'm afraid. So, IMHO, Puppy is indeed the best prospect for this old girl....
Let us have some idea of what you'd like to do with this machine, and.....we'll take it from there.
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 01 May 2017 - 05:39 PM.
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Compaq Presario SR1916UK; Athlon64 X2 3800+, 3 GB RAM, WD 500GB Caviar 'Blue', 32GB Kingspec PATA SSD, 3 TB Seagate 'Expansion' external HDD, ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics, Dell 15.1" pNp monitor (1024 x 768), TP-Link PCI-e USB 3.0 card, Logitech c920 HD Pro webcam, self-powered 7-port USB 2.0 hub
Dell Inspiron 1100; 2.6 GHz 400FSB P4, 1.5 GB RAM, 64GB KingSpec IDE SSD, Intel 'Extreme' graphics, 1 TB Seagate 'Expansion' external HDD, M$ HD-3000 'Lifecam'.