A non-computer-minded friend of mine has asked me to sort out her laptop. I think it's about 2 years old and consumer-grade, but I don't have it yet to experiment. She's only ever used Windows XP, and was thinking of getting a new laptop because it had become slow and wifi stopped working. I've offered to see if I can get it working with linux.
The question is - which distribution? I use 10.04 at home, but also run 12.04 and fedora 16 on other machines. I was originally thinking of going for 12.04 - it's good, and I think she'd appreciate the bling. The problem is, it seems to actually be a bit on the slow side on older hardware, and it's crashed a few times already. I don't want to give someone a bad first impression of linux, so maybe 10.04* is the way to go?
*I would add stable repositories for firefox, chrome, rhythmbox and libreoffice.