Choosing a distro... yet again!
So the "what distro is best for me" has been done to death, I'm sure... but I have a somewhat different wrinkle.
I was recovering an XP machine for a friend - it had been stolen and when they got it back they found that "it has a password on it now!" Well, actually, it had been flattened and reloaded with an illegal copy of XP. So I figured this was a great opportunity to introduce them to Linux.
I soon found that the machine is too feeble to run the noob-friendly distros I'd usually plop down on it. Xubuntu is too heavy for it. Puppy rocks like a maniac on it, but it's not really noob-friendly. I just know they'd open a menu and be completely turned off by what they saw there, recycle the machine and buy a new Vista box.
So there's the thing: I need a grandma-friendly distro that can run on older hardware, in this case a Sony Vaio P4. I have yet to see such a thing. Puppy comes really close. I suppose I could install Puppy and rework a ton-o-stuff in the menu to make it simple & obvious, but I sorta hate to do that...
(as an aside, Puppy screams on this thing. It has a "Designed for Windows ME" sticker on it but I seriously doubt any version of Windows EVER ran that fast on a P4.)