Originally Posted by noobie1
I'm looking to try out linux on my (old) Samsung V25 laptop (specs at bottom).
It just occurred to me that perhaps I should try a 6 year old OS for a 6yr old laptop. This should have fewer hardware requirements but possibly would be less mature/stable/refined.
To cut a long story short, any advice on what distro I should use (and what version)? Are there old versions available? What configuration do I need to do to get it working?
Slackware 13.0 You can choose between 32 and 64 bit version, depending upon your hardware.
There is a lag between the introduction of new hardware and the introduction of full support in Linux of new hardware - in the MS World, these details are worked out before the products hit the streets, in the Open Source world, many of the support issues for new hardware can only be worked out once the new hardware is actually in the wild, so an older distribution from that self-same era would more than likely yield an OS that doesn't have the most complete or up to date support wrt drivers, modules, etc., for the hardware in question.
Therefore, the latest version will have support for more hardware, and http://store.slackware.com
is your best choice.