dandnsmith wrote:Depending on the age of the hardware, you might need to use a less recent than current release.
I suspect modern distros won't be a problem if he's got a laptop sporting 6GB RAM.
Saying that though, I'd go for the 64 bit edition (I assume the laptop is 64 bit or the last 2.5ish GB RAM are wasted on it.)
i5 4440 3.1Ghz, Asus H87M-E motherboard, 8GB DDR3, 2GB DDR5 nVidia card, 2x500GB Seagate hd, Coolermaster 750W PSU running Mint 17.1 MATE and Win7
HP mini, 1.66 Ghz Intel atom processor, 2 GB DDR3, 320 GB hd, Mint 17 MATE