As far as I've tested, Windows 8 works faster than Windows 7 on my 3-years-old HP Mini 210 with Intel Atom, Intel HD Graphics and 1 GB RAM. But with 1024x600 resolution, I have no "Metro" apps, only the Start Screen. Not that I like Windows 8, I actually prefer Windows 7.
Ubuntu 12.04 works ok too, but you may have a lot of initial trouble because of your ATI graphics card, while Intel HD graphics work fine with Ubuntu. Proprietary graphics drivers are not installed by default on Ubuntu, look for "Additional Drivers" on the dash after install, or check ATI webpage for drivers, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or 12.10 it's worth a try.
Definitely NOT Windows XP, it lacks features that were added for Windows 7 that were specific for netbooks, and it is an 11 years old operating system, with support for it ending on April 8, 2014.
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