As I type this, I am running Ubuntu 8.04 on my Compaq Presario 700US laptop which has the following specs:
AMD Duron 900MHZ
Compaq Twister video card which I think is really an S3 Trident. 16MB shared memory
To give a little history of what this laptop runs, it came with Compaq's stripped down version of XP which ran smoothly. However I wasn't satisfied with XP home, so I installed XP pro, which ran horribly. It runs Compaq's tweaked version of XP just fine, however it nearly goes comatose if you try running an untampered installation of XP.
I installed Ubuntu on it a couple weeks ago and love it. It recognized every piece of hardware in the laptop; even the volume buttons which not even XP pro recognized. It also flawlessly connected to my WPA secured wireless network with no issues. There is one problem, however. Even though the laptop is running Ubuntu better than it did XP pro, it's still painfully slow. It's just too heavy for this laptop to handle. I have been looking at the different lighter flavors of Ubuntu. I'm trying to find a good balance of features and a small footprint. So far from what I have read, Fluxbuntu is the lightest you can get. However I see that it's still on 7.10 and I know that Ubuntu doesn't have good WPA wireless support until 8.04. So unless someone can tell me how I can get WPA working on 7.10, Fluxbuntu won't meet my needs. I know there's a couple other light versions out there such as Xubuntu and Kubuntu. Does anyone have any advice they could give me? Any help would be greatly appreciated.