Since XP is no longer supported after April 14th, I was wondering if somebody can help with step by step instructions. It has 512 MB RAM. I think 40 GB HDD. It can upgrade to 1 GB RAM. Not a touchscreen. Thank you.
While Mint may be easy to learn/use for a Linux novice, it is certainly not "light-ish". It is a full-blown distro which probably will not perform well on that laptop. Puppy Linux or Slitaz are much lighter. Even Lubuntu is lighter than Mint. Another possibility is antiX Full Version.
Personally I would recommend starting with antiX Core and building up a system by adding a Desktop Environment (LXDE or RazorQT) and other needed applications. This would result in a trim system with only few unnecessary packages. However, one needs to be familiar with Command Line and APT to do this.
I don't think Android is a sensible option for this laptop since, as you point out, it doesn't have a touch screen, and RAM is limited. I would suggest you try a light-ish version of Linux instead (perhaps Mint?).
I would go here for the information you want and the files you need.
You would need to download the Android OS of your choice, and then create a bootable CD or USB drive from the ISO.
If you need help with this, go here: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=guides. Download and install imgburn, open imgburn, select Write mode, select the ISO file, then burn the file to disk.
For USB drives, go here: http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm (I've used UNetbootin to create a bootable Android flash drive). For USB drives, make sure that the BIOS supports loading from USB.
I would try out the Android OS you download in Live mode instead of installing it first. This way, you can see if the version you downloaded suits your needs and works properly enough (Android on PC will be buggy, but some are better than others). Try out several versions until you find one that best suits your wants and needs, and then you can install the correct Android OS.
You have a choice to dual boot, or scrap Windows and run only Android. If you believe that XP is not worth keeping at all, then install Android on top of it. If you choose to dual boot and need help with it, feel free to ask.
i dont know if someone cooked android for Panasonic Toughbook CF-32? perhaps you can try linux