Originally Posted by jmsnipe
I'm looking at installing a Linux distro on an older laptop just to experiment on. I'm looking at Slackware, Debian, or RedHat, all of which I can download. Anyone have a suggestion/preference to one of these three, or should I go with a version on a CD, like Gentoo or SuSe?
I want to clear something up for you, JMSnipe: all downloaded distros are burnt onto a CD, so all distros are 'on a CD'. Regarding the distro selection, though, since its an old machine, you would probably be off with something like Redhat or Mandrake since they will not require you to compile anything (unless you want to) and will have GUI, etc - since you're starting out, GUI would probably be nice for you so that you dont get really confused at first. Meanwhile, if you have time, a decent machine (unless you want to spend days compiling), and want to learn, I strongly recommend trying out Gentoo - you wouldnt believe how much I learned in two weeks by just installing the distro.
P.S. Amen to your not having to take English anymore comment in your sig.