Probably the half gig of RAM or the motherboard chipset drivers.
Our netbooks have Atom 1.66GHz processors Intel GMA gfx, 1.5Ghz of ram, and 8 or 16GB SSDs. Running Ubuntu Netbook Edition, they start up in about 11 seconds, shut down in 5 , and are nice to use.
The Kitchen PC is a similar Atom processor, Intel GFX and an 80GB 2.5" HDD, 2GB of ram, runs Full Ubuntu fine.
My wife's PC has a P4 @1.7GHz, 768MB of ram, ATI GFX card, 160GB 3.5" HDD and runs Full Ubuntu with no problems.
Our other PCs are far higher spec, but to be honest, not noticeably faster.
I did notice a huge boost when I upgrade my Netbook from 512MB to 1.5GB, perhaps the GFX using some of the memory slowed it down.
It ran windows7 just about usably ( I tried it as an experiment when I increased the SSD from 8 to 16GB), but there was no room for anything else, and it paged incessantly, not good for an SSD.
I would be surprised if the PCs in question were slower than 900MHz, My wife's PC is nearly 8 years old, and was not exactly cutting edge then.
It did have XPMCE on it for a short while, but it was soon moved to Linux.
It ran Opensuse for years, only recently moved to Ubuntu, and I added an extra 256MB stick which made a big difference in performance terms.
Edited to correct age of wife's PC, I didn't realise it was that old!!
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