Just installed LXLE (Linux) on several old laptops. This seems to be the best distro for just install and go. Quite fast. No broadcom wireless setup! Connection is just like any modern device. Includes some great utilities. The only downside is Claws mail! but that can be replaced with Thunderbird.
Very satisfied with the change to LXLE. Even my old HP l/t sings its praises. Thanks! ~Peter Mietzner