I like keeping a Ubuntu live boot stick (or spare drive with Ubuntu) for writing iso'sHeh. I bought a 12-yr old Dell Latitude D630 to replace a 20-yr old Inspiron 1100.
I nuked the Windoze 10 some idiot had shoehorned onto it. I'm now dual-booting a pair of Puppies.....and having a whale of a time.
I'd never recommend Puppy to noobs, 'cos too much about it is "non-standard". But I have less trouble setting a Puppy up than most beginners seem to have with many mainstream distros.....
I'm usually installed, set-up and fully-customized in around an hour.