Windows Vista to Linux
I have an old laptop that I'd like to uninstall the current Windows Vista and install a Linux OS on.
The specs are:
Gateway W350A (T-1625)
AMD Turion 64
Currently the computer is slow as hell and the DVD does not work. What I'd like to do is to completely uninstall Windows and hope that will speed it up. At one point I had thought of installing Unbuntu but with so much of my writing files on it I was uneasy about making the switch. Now I have a new machine and would like to use the old one to play with, try out Linux and maybe teach myself some programming.
I did search some of the other posts on the forum and couldn't quite find all the info I need. I know that which ever Linux I go with I will need to download to a USB to boot with and will need to be compatible with my antique system.
Any help, suggestions and/or instructions would be greatly appreciated.