What would be a good flavor for an older laptop?
I have a Dell Inspiron laptop from 2004. It has a P4 in it (big laptop) and a ATI 9800 Mobility GPU. It has 2GB of ram, Ethernet port, DVD/RW, Wifi and a 80GB IDE.
I put Ubuntu on it and I just hate it. I'm not very good with Linux and it couldn't even detect the wifi adapter. When I hooked up the Ethernet to try and find drivers, I just found it cumbersome. I couldn't even activate the latest GUI features. It seemed slow primarily because the proper GPU drivers weren't being used, although I had it 16-bit/native res.
Anyway, this laptop runs XP pretty well, but Ubuntu ran worse.
Any recommendations for something this old?