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Debian still provides support for 32 bit processors, and it is familiar enough to ubuntu users to have few issues using it. You can also find Debian Buster with Raspberry Pi Desktop at raspberrypi.com Release date: January 11th 2021 System: 32-bit Kernel version: 4.19 Debian version: 10 (buster) Size: 2,948MB.
I have it installed on an Acer ZG5 netbook with an Atom processor. Like the article says, as fast (actually faster) as it was when it was new back in 2009.