Good Linux Netbook distros for very old computers
I've got an old old touchscreen laptop/netbook with an Intell Pentium III 496 MHz cpu and 128 MB of RAM. It doesn't have specs worthwhile enough to run a full desktop operating system, so I'd like to turn it into a purely internet machine. I would just say that it's worthless, but it actually runs Windows XP really well: (good startup time, pretty responsive as long as I keep the OS relatively naked), so I know it's capable enough for a really small operating system.
I know about Puppy Linux and DSL, but both of those are 1.really ugly, sorry and 2.desktop oriented. I'm wondering how I could get a netbook operating system like Jolicloud on there. All of the operating systems I've looked at though have (relative to my specs) huge system requirements, like 512 megabytes of ram.
I've always gotten better performance out of my linux boxes than my Windows boxes, so I wonder if there's something I'm missing here. If the laptop can run XP so well, why would the requirements be too small for other Linux distros?
Any advice about distros that I could try?
I wouldn't be against installing DSL or Puppy Linux on it if I can then install a different desktop environment or window manager to make a more touchscreen/internet friendly environment but so far I haven't been able to find anything that looks like it would work, and whenever I do, the requirements are too high.