The most important thing is - How much RAM have you got? Is Windows XP struggling because you are low on RAM? Part of your trouble is that you want Firefox and OpenOffice. They are both heavy on using RAM. If you Google "Linux Dell Latitude C800" you will see quite a lot - Debian, Fedora, Suse ...and Ubuntu. You might be better to stay away from the Gnome and KDE desktops (minimum 256Mb RAM) and aim at something like the Xfce desktop (minimum 128Mb RAM)
The point of this post is quick and easy. I want to run Linux on my Dell Latitude C800. The catch is that I'm a borderline idiot. My PC knowlage base ended in 2003 when I graduated college, and I've been struggling to keep with with basic things like hardware revisions and form factors ever since.
This laptop works fine, but struggles to push XP. Downgrading to 2000 wouldn't help, and I'm NOT running 98 just so Firefox boots slightly faster. So what would you fine people suggest? I want a linux distro that is super user friendly to set up. I don't want to fight anything to get my video card to work.
All I want is for Firefox and Open Office to run under Linux. No games, video editing, or web hosting. Just idiot proof computing with no OS crippling CPU spikes like I'm getting now.
Is there Linux distro what would install as easy as osx or xp? I tried the "ubuntu on a CD" thing, but my on-board video card wasn't supported.