Brandon has an old laptop that he wants to put Linux on. What version should he use? Leo says that's a great thing to do and he can learn how to use command line tools through it. That's important if he wants to get into programming. Or he could use a Graphical Version on it. But Leo suggests going with a lightweight version.
Currently, Leo's favorite version of Linux is Debian. Leo recommends Googling the laptop and all the components. Then find out if there's Linux drivers for them. The GUI for it is XFCE. It's not pretty, but it won't bog down the laptop either.
Brandon could also use Xubuntu. It's easier to use, and it's built on Debian.