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Can Intel Atom N270 run Linux? Which distro?

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I have an older HP MINI with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270. It currently has XP installed, but I'd like to install Linux, if possible.

Is this Intel Atom N270 processor compatible with a "normal" Intel chip? I a guessing it is since I believe a vanilla version of XP is installed, though I didn't install it.

If the processor is "normal" in that sense, does someone have a recommended distro for this netbook. Also, is there software, Linux or otherwise, that will let me keep the XP installed and use part of the partition for Linux? If not, I can reformat the whole thing for Linux.
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