Lightweight Non-PAE Distro for Desktop?
My daughter has an old(and I mean OLD) Dell desktop computer that's been in storage for a while. I wanted to mess around with it and see if I could get it running for her just for kicks. I was going to put Mint 13 MATE on it but the file is too large to put onto a CD and the optical drive won't read DVD's(that's how old this thing is, LOL). I did manage to install a non-pae version of Bodhi on it but I'm really not crazy about Bodhi and the 10.04LTS 32bit copy of Ubuntu only gave me a text interface and even after doing a "sudo apt-get install ubuntu" it'd still not give me any kind of UI or desktop.
The specs are a Pentium III, 866MHz with 348GB of DDR-133MHz ram and I think the hard drive is 30GB but I'd not swear to it, might only be 3GB. It also only has the CD optical drive and a floppy drive for input, no USB to boot to.
Anyway, I'd like to throw something on it that'd not take up much space, work with the non-pae processor and make this old machine run fast as possible.
I thought about Puppy but the newer versions are PAE, also thought about DSL but then again I'm still not sure.
I like the MATE desktop so is there any older i386 non-pae Distros out there running the MATE desktop that be light weight and work well on this machine? Also, I'd like them to be current, not some older Distro like Ubuntu 10.04LTS or the like with no support. Thanks in advance.