I have an ancient Toshiba 4600 Satellite Pro laptop. It has WinXP, and it's no longer responding. (See http://superuser.com/questions/70312/winxp-apps-wont-end) So, I figured it's time to try installing a Linux distro. I've never done any Linux, never installed an OS. What versions would be recommended 1) for this laptop? 2) for this user? 1 is much more important than 2, because I am usually capable of learning.
PS: I plan on mostly just using the laptop for a word processor, and I have Open Office on my main PC. That could always change, depending on how well it works and how well I learn.
Specs: Intel Pentium 2, 847 mhz, 256 MB Ram, 20 G harddrive