Is there some specific needs other then the utilize an old laptop?
My initial though is Gentoo or some flavor os BSD. Only reason I bring up the later is that it might be easier to locate legacy ISOs that would probably make a simpler time running on something like that.
Well, I want to use the laptop as my first step into Linux for I don't want to dual boot my current system. (Plus its taking up space doing nothing in my house)
I looked into Gentoo, it looked real nice but I thought it would not run on this old of a system. It said its possible if you take out the hard drive and run the setup on a more powerful machine but I don't want to dissemble the laptop.
How would BSD or Gentoo run on this old of a machine? I also saw the Slackware and Debian are good for old machines, is this true?
P.S The Laptop has no access to the internet so everything will be downloaded from my personal machine then moved via disk to the old machine.
I've used Debian for older machines, but nothing like that. My old iMac had 64mb RAM and it ran PPC build of Debian Sarge ok. It took some work though.
With more and more people getting into using Linux, *most* Linux distros are getting more and more user friendly. For the absolute n00b, even something like Debian will require some command line work for the essentials like Flash, Java , and "dirty" codecs like those for playing AVI and MP3 files. Then again, you're not doing anything like that on this machine.
I've never used BSD or Gentoo myself, but I've recently tried installing Slackware and it can be pretty complicated. I've used Debian quite a bit and it's the most easiest. Too bad the latest edition of Ubuntu wouldn't run well on that thing or I'd say to use that.