I've been using computers since the late seventies, early eighties, starting with Apple IIs and TRS-80s. Ran the service department of a local computer store for 20 years during the PC boom. Used Apple DOS, TRSDOS, MS-DOS, CP/M, Macintosh, Windows (2.0 - Vista), OS/2 (2.1 - Warp 4 and eComstation). I played around a very long time ago with Slackware, but didn't realy have the time to work with it. I made a couple of attempts at Redhat as well. When some of my OS/2 Boxes started to die my wife passed me down her "old" Gateway laptop. It's a 2Ghz Intel Core Duo with 4GB Ram and 500GB Hard Drive and of course Windows Vista. This monster was physically bigger than I could reasonably cart around so when my brother offered me an old HP Mini 1000 Netbook I jumped at it. So there I was with two machines running windows (yuck). I downloaded Redhat Fedora 17 (64bit) for the Gateway and set it up as dual boot with Vista. Worked real well and I rarely use the Vista partition and have since updated to Fedora 19.
I was experimenting with Fedora 17 live on a SD card with my HP Mini and while it was slow it seemed to work ok with the exception of the WiFi. The computer only had a 16GB SSD with 1GB Ram, so the drive didn't really have enough room for XP as it was. Then the SSD crashed on me. I wanted to upgrade it anyway, so I got a 64GB SSD and upped the ram to 2GB. The computer saw the Kingspec SSD but wouldn't install anything to it. Using an adapter I installed it into my old ThinkPad 600 and tried to install XP. Worked ok on the 600 but refused to boot on the HP. Tried Fedora but the ThinkPad was to slow and low on ram for that to work. I started looking at Linux distros that worked on Pentium II with low ram and found ConncheatOS, while it worked it was no longer being supported.
Finally I found Vector. I downloaded the 7.0 Light version. It worked well on the Thinkpad and when I put the SSD back into the HP Mini it booted up just fine. Vector saw the hardware of the netbook just fine with the exception of the Broadcom WiFi NIC. No Broadcom drivers worked for me, so I used the NdisWrapper with the XP driver that came with the HP and it works perfectly. Everything works on the Mini and Vector Linux is very quick and performs many things better than the faster and more powerful Gateway that runs Fedora 19.
I don't know how much I will need your support or how much help I can give others, but I will visit here as often as I can.