I upgraded my laptop to Xubuntu 9.10. I use Xubuntu because it has a smaller footprint than the gnome based Ubuntu. They are the same except for the desktop environment. My laptop is a P3 600mhz with 256MB RAM. I use it for most of my posts and web browsing. I have not had many problems, but I do not use any encryption. I use the laptop mostly as a dumb netbook. The laptop was given to me, so I can’t complain.