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I am not a total newbie - I used suse back in 2000, but then didn't use linux for years. Since then I used openSUSE and Linux Mint for about a year each. Then my laptop was stolen and only recently I purchased a new laptop.
I have a new A108700P -R6 with 8 gigs of ram HP laptop that I want to make a dual boot system (with windows 10).
I was wondering what would be the best distro for this level laptop. I would prefer one that has a decent community and good access to applications that are easy to install (I used both redhat/suse style and Debian style installers, perfer the ease of debian style, but the redhead/suse is not a deal breaker.)
How stable do you want it, how much work do you want to put into it, and what all do you use a laptop for?
If you like being all cutty-edged: try SPARKY.
If you prefer better stability, something more Minty (Mint-DE perhaps) may serve.
Stable, fast, and very Windows looking would put you into the Q4OS zone.
If you like building and performance, something ARCH perhaps.
My best advice would be to consider these, but cruise on over to distrowatch.com and read through the descriptions and evaluations of some of the top 100 until something reaches out and grabs your imagination by the hair and drags you in.
IMO, for what the OP wants, any major distro will do. Mint would be fine since you've used it before, as would base Debian. OpenSuse as well, or even Fedora. I PERSONALLY prefer Debian proper, but it is a bit more difficult to get set up and working as one likes it than something like Mint or Fedora.
Since you prefer Debian style, I would suggest trying Debian. I started off on Debian based distributions, until I decided to go ahead and just try out Debian itself. It has worked great for me ever since (Debian 3.1 Sarge).
My experience with Debian is that WiFi hardware often requires drivers which are not released with a Free Software license. As such, it is purposefully included in the "non-free" Debian repositories. This does not mean the software costs money. Everything in the "non-free" repositories still costs nothing. It just doesn't have a Free Software licence (may be closed source instead).
I just activate the non-free and contrib repositories, and then use apt-get to get the driver for what I need.
Early on, I used various Debian based distributions (including Ubuntu) because they did this for me out-of-box. But one day I just decided I'd learn how to do it with plain old Debian. If a Debian based distribution can do it, so can Debian. I just may need to do whatever it is the child distribution did myself.