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They need it for Internet and 'office' type work only (Playstation covers the rest)
She is having loads of trouble with Windows, but hasn't used it long enough to get too dependant on it.
Seems like Linux will keep them happier and result in less 'help me' phone calls at 1.00 am
(doesn't she know I am busy at work at that time?)
I'll keep y'all posted on whether the plan worked or not.
I was just rereading a copy of Linux Journal before throwing it out and it had an interview with Dennis Ritchie musing about the longevity of Unix.
Install was a nightmere, Mandrake would just not pick up the network card, daughter was not impressed and kept giving me that "come on Dad" look, pressure :)
It was worth the trouble though as I learned a valuable lesson, as a general rule try and make sure that the network card hasn't fallen out of it's slot before install!
Plugged the card in and away we went at it, only time I had to help was when we decided what additional packages to install, she wanted them all!
Babies friend  is over to stay tonight and she bought a few CDROM's over [Barbie et al, a good few quids worth], daughter quickly introduced her to the concept of free software and the benefits of a 1/2 meg internet connection and we haven't heard a peep all night.