Best all round linux distro for an O/S

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I have a spare laptop in which i want to stick a linux distro on, im using it for standard browsing, downloading, doing work and i want a good linux distro to replace my windows O/S

What shall i go for?
 
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Its a p3 700mhz, 128mb ram soon to be 256mb, 40gb hdd

I cant seem to install ubuntu, i got the iso bootable cd but i think it boots from the cd rather than installing it.
 
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The normal installation CD is a live CD; it'll boot to a full desktop OS then let you install from there. If you find that that doesn't work correctly you can use the traditional text installer with the "alternative" version.

I run 6.06 LTS on a similar system. It works fairly well but if I had to reinstall I'd use Xubuntu instead.
 
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The normal installation CD is a live CD; it'll boot to a full desktop OS then let you install from there. If you find that that doesn't work correctly you can use the traditional text installer with the "alternative" version.

I run 6.06 LTS on a similar system. It works fairly well but if I had to reinstall I'd use Xubuntu instead.


How long does it take to boot up the live cd?

Seems to be taking a long time, i can move the mouse around on salmon pink background, the hdd is still going and the cd is still going after about 10 mins...
 
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