My hobby is to fix up old computers (P-IIs and P-IIIs) and give them to deserving kids.
For the lower-end machines with limited memory, I install Damn Small Linux or Puppy Linux.
For the better machines with 256 - 512 M memory I used to install Xubuntu or Ubuntu. But I've found that Ubuntu uses up about 512 M of real memory pretty quick, while Xubuntu only lowers this memory requirement by 50 - 75 M. (The major difference between the two is that Xubuntu uses Xfce instead of Gnome).
So on a few of my better machines, I installed VL Standard. It uses Xfce just like Xubuntu, but the real memory requirements are only 200 - 250 M most of the time -- way lower than Xubuntu.
More and more I'm installing VL Standard --
* It runs really snappy in 256 - 512 M machines
* The kids LIKE it !
* I like it because I no longer have to mess around installing browser plug-ins and such that the kids need
(they don't care whether it's "free beer" or "free software," they just want software that does everything they
need at minimal cost... I love Ubuntu but I think they misunderstand how consumers view this
* All I have to do is give the kids a ten minute lesson on VL/Xfce and they're ready to go
* Everything "just works"
Lastly, my kids (ages 9 - 14) have posted questions on this forum, and everyone has always been wonderfully nice and helpful to them.
Thank you for a fantastic distro! and the nice welcoming community that comes along with it.