Ubuntu works reasonably, but I wanted to see how Fedora Core 6 performs. Here are the agonies and ecstasies !
Step 1: install Fedora Core 6
Worked fine. It recognized the ATI X1400 and so was able to install, unlike Ubuntu which hung up. But the screen resolution is 1400 X 1050 instead of 1680 X 1050. Possibly need to download the drivers fron ATI.
The Fedora core 6 recognized the dual core CPU.
Step 2: Wired Networking
Networking. Interestingly the network is not working. Need to figure out why.
Step 3 : Wireless Networking