Suggested Linux Distro for Older Laptop

I have an older laptop - Dell Latitude D510 - that works perfectly fine for my use. Some simple coding, email (using Evolution) browsing and writing. I have been using Ubuntu as the OS for the past four years but the latest versions - especialy 10.10 aren't playing too nicely with the hardware. I suspect it is a matter of Ubuntu moving along to support newer hardware. So, any suggestions for a good Liux distro for this laptop? Thanks. (I realize this is very subjective!)
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I run Xubuntu 10.04 LTS with the LXDE GUI on a PIII 1GHz with 512 RAM.  I am looking at possibly using a version of Puppy as it is as quick an OS as u'll get being it runs totally in RAM.

Xubuntu is newb friendly & has many apps to play with.  Really you need an OS that will support your hardware.  Puppy requires more technical  knowledge, but has friendly forums & a loyal following.  I am attracted to it because of the speed which it'll run on older hardware.  All I can say is give Linux a try & see how it goes...

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Maybe try openSUSE or Debian.  Linspire is another one I liked to use.  Linspire is a commercial linux distro so it is not free.  But I think now there is even a free version of Linspire.  I found Linspire to very easy to use and allowed pretty easy Email, Web, etc.  It has been a couple years since I last used Linspire, so not sure if it is the same experience today.  In any case I'd try the Live CD or Live USB just to try it out.  The Live CD/USB isn't a permanent install but it will give you a good feel for it to determine if you want to do a permanent install.

Hope this helps a bit,

MgBoonsboroAuthor Commented:
I'll probably try all of them as well as Fedora. Thanks.
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