One of my friends is thinking of switching to Linux on his 7 year old VIAO, so you can imagine the hardware is also pretty old. I suggested Yoper and VectorLinux if he wanted to get a lot of speed on his machine, but he was questioning with it would be a big difference between a major and easy distro, i.e. Mandrake, and Yoper/VectorLinux speedwise. He is interested in Mandrake because of the easy of use, but I also think speed needs to as much a concern. Basically is there a distro present that has great speed and easy of use (installer doesn't have to be easy, I'm gonna help him there)?