|Here's something you should know that may help you make the right choice. Most of the more popular Linux distros are based on Ubuntu. And Ubuntu releases new versions every 6 months, most with only short term support. For example, July 2014 is considered the EOL (end of life) date for version 13.10. However, every few years Ubuntu releases a LTS (Long Term Support) version, the current one being 12.04 LTS which is supported until April of 2017. The next LTS version (14.04) is scheduled to be released sometime this month. Shortly after it's released, the Ubuntu-based distros will release their LTS versions based on 14.04.|
OK, getting back to your question & the above recommendation of Zorin....
I have Zorin 6.4 LTS loaded on one of my older laptops (A64 with 1.5GB RAM) & it runs great. I prefer the Win7 default mode but have tried the XP mode & it works just as well. I also have an older desktop running XP & will be loading Zorin on it soon, but I'm going to hold off until the new LTS version becomes available. I suggest downloading the ISO, burning it to a DVD using the appropriate image burning software, then boot off the disk & try a live session (without installing). It won't run quite as well as a full installation, but you'll get an idea of how it works & whether you like it or not.
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