Gonna put Linux on my older laptop.
Any suggestions for which distro? Or just go with Ubuntu?
@jasonskirk Mint is a good choice, IMO.
If you feel conformable with *buntu, I would suggest Xubuntu rather than Ubuntu as the desktop environment is a familiar metaphor instead the Unity-like mess it is now. Unless you prefer that type of mess.
@ScottALavender the less mess the better imo 😁
@jasonskirk My $.02 - Go with a version of Linux Mint. I have found that it will generally work "out of the box" with most hardware I have tried it on. It is built upon the version of Ubuntu with the added software, codecs, and drivers already installed. Mint has found and been able to work with network cards, wireless adapters, and even a touch screen without additional downloads. Try mint... you may like it.
@GogglesNTeeth Mint is definitely on the shortlist. Thanks for the input!
Mint is also good for an Linux newbies (don't mean that as in insult) as well.
Agree that it also works well "out of the box".
I still prefer Xubuntu on my home machines because XFCE behaves and looks like the Windows 'desktop environment' compared to the Gnome 3.X or Unity ones.
Not that Mint has a bad DE. It doesn't, but they have changed some stuff. *shrug* Just my personal preference.
@jasonskirk Void Linux
@jasonskirk Another vote for Mint Linux. I've got one laptop running Neverware (turning it into a Chromebook). It's not real Linux but I can see the appeal.
@PhoneBoy surprised I've never heard of Neverware. And mint is by far the run away favorite.
@jasonskirk the Neverware stuff is a good way to experiment with Chromebooks without actually buying one.
@PhoneBoy I'm always down for not spending money
@jasonskirk I like CentOS but Ubuntu is fine for general use.
@jasonskirk Gentoo!!!!!!1!1!1!!!!one!!!! All software must be compiled from scratch at all times!
But seriously, if you want to squeeze speed out of turnip, Gentoo would be the way to go... As long as you don't mind long compile sessions everytime you update.
I like CentOS. For NVidia GPUs I have some tutorials on LinkedIn to help:
RHEL/CentOS 7 and NVidia Drivers