Just in case anyone else is wondering how to get OpenOffice/Libreoffice to run on an old box, I would highly recommend instead Softmaker Office to anyone willing to pay for the software. I've used it for years, and it's top notch on my Vector box (PIII Coppermine, 128MB RAM). I picked up Vector to try to breathe some life into this old box, and Softmaker Office is the final touch - it gives me compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007 document formats (.docx etc.), loads fast and doesn't require too much memory. I'm pleased with it.
The fun thing is now I am every bit as productive on this 10 year old laptop as I am on my fancy new Windows box. Same boot time (actually the PIII is faster), and all the software I need. Way to go Vector. Steve Ballmer, you're a sucker.