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A Microsoft Free life on a PC….Installing a new OS….?

I have an out of the box laptop (compaq…789 MHz, 384 MG RAM), and I am most satisfied with what I have, except for the whole Microsoft thing…I am already using Firefox, Thunderbird, and Open Office (love them all)… But I want to stop using XP, and start using a Linux…so the questions are:

a) which Linux product? I have no special needs. I just need an OS that do the normal everyday operations of a normal person with a laptop.

b) How do I do it? Should I split up my harddrive (how?) Should I scrap XP on the whole? Do I need to reinstall all of my programs and drivers to meet the new OS? In short, I am a dummy when it somes to this, and want to make sure that I am not shooting myself in the skull when I am just trying to scratch an itch…Thanks…

Should I install xubuntu, or stick with windows xp pro on my system?

I just got an old laptop from a family member a couple days ago (256mb of ram, 600 mhz celeron processor, and 8mb video ram) that has windows xp pro on it. It runs surprisingly well, however I want to try linux (preferably xubuntu, because it will be my first linux computer and I need it to run well on my old computer). Most of the applications I use are ported from linux anyways (open office, gimp, inkscape, firefox), so I don’t have a problem there. The most important thing to me would be a speedy operating system that doesn’t hang often. Do you think it would be a good idea to switch to xubuntu?

Also, it turns out that the copy of xp pro on this system is not genuine, as I ran the tool from microsoft (the people I got the laptop from don’t remember how they got xp since the computer is so old, but it seems to have come with ME and was upgraded. However, the only thing that that seems to mean is that I can’t get updates, but the rest of the operating system works fine. I think that means that if uninstall xp, I won’t be able to get it back.

PS: I tried the live cd, and xubuntu looked good but I can’t really make my decision based on that as it suffers a performance decrease because it is running off a cd. Thanks and sorry for the long question.
My hard drive is only 10gb (only 4gb left with windows installed) so I can’t really try wubi or dual boot.