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Best Free Version of Linux for Older Laptop (Pentium M, 1.25 GB RAM) ?

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Last Modified: 2015-09-14
What are the best or recommended free versions of Linux for an older Pentium M laptop with 1.25 GB of RAM ?  The version should install to the HDD, have updates including security updates available regularly, and then just be able to run some basic free apps and DVD codecs, be able to work with MP3 files (rip from DVDs, change bit rates, etc...), and be able to encrypt the entire drive (full disk encryption) ...

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