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I run Lubuntu on a 1.1 with 384 MB ram, and used to run antiX 8.5 on a P3 500 w/384 MB ram. Puppy and Crunchbang are other good choices....
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    I run Lubuntu on a 1.1 with 384 MB ram, and used to run antiX 8.5 on a P3 500 w/384 MB ram. Puppy and Crunchbang are other good choices.

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    "(can be upgraded to 512 MB, but I don't want to do that - it's just not worth it)"
    Wrong. It won't cost much.
    It will save you lot of troubles (and would have saved you this post in the first place...) Worth a try because you seem keen to make it works. But if you feel like carry the burden...

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    256M more will MUCH better meet your requirements

    >>>> "(can be upgraded to 512 MB, but I don't want to do that - it's not worth it)"
    >>>> Wrong. It won't cost much.
    >>>> It will save you lot of troubles (and would have saved you this post...

    I second TinyTux's comments.

    I run lots of older computers and find that upgrading from 256 to 512 hugely expands their possibilities. Given your requirements to run streaming video and several windows/browser tabs, the memory upgrade is critical.

    Does it take PC-100 or PC-133?

    You can get a 256M stick of that used for $20 at a computer show or online.

    I get them for free from cannibalizing older computers or individually -- through such sources as friends and family with old machines, Freecycle, and Free Geek.

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    I run Debian Etch (2.6.2x kernel) on systems with as little as 64MB, including all the X11 cruft. So, try a minimal Debian system. They are easy to configure with just the stuff you need, leaving out the unnecessary drivers, though that implies building a custom kernel. The other option I would consider for an old system like this (which I have done on my old Dell desktop w/ 256MB ram) is Gentoo.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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