What is best Distro for old Dell Latitude laptop?
[i] was running Vista when MS decided to stop supporting my version. I am on a very fixed income and can no longer afford their nonsense. I worked with red hat briefly, years ago and wish to have Linux on my laptop. I've read about several distributions that look good. Which is easiest for a newbie to install?
I can highly recommend Ubuntu 15.04. I'm running it on my Dell desktop ...
I can highly recommend Ubuntu 15.04. I'm running it on my Dell desktop (Pentium 4 CPU) from 2004 and it runs smooth. If you want a more stable version of Ubuntu with longer support, you can get 14.04.2, which includes 5 years of security and maintenance updates. You can put Ubuntu on a USB or CD, and you can install it alongside Vista or just erase your hard drive and only have Ubuntu (recommended). You can get either version here.
My wife uses a Dell Latitude 610 laptop; I have an old Dell Inspiron 5000 ...
My wife uses a Dell Latitude 610 laptop; I have an old Dell Inspiron 5000 (Pentium III). We run SolydX Linux, based on Debian 8.1 Stable with an XFCE desktop manager. This imposes a very light load on the old hardware, letting it run very nicely. My wife has no Linux expertise, but is very happy with both her laptop and desktop Linux performance. Go to this link to download.
Note there is also SolydK, with the KDE desktop system, a heavier load for old hardware.