I have a 4-year-old laptop that wasn't even that fast 4 years ago. It has XP on it, but I'm thinking of just formatting and putting Ubuntu on it. I have never worked with Linux and have been wanting to give it a try (plus it should run faster on this older machine, right?).
I would just like to be able to use the machine as a makeshift netbook since it's much smaller than my primary 17" laptop. What would be the best way to give it the full rehab and speed it up enough to run things like Chrome and OpenOffice?