I would like to get a used (or maybe new) laptop in the <$500 range (one with a DVDreader/burner, 512 RAM, 60 gig HD, and at least 1.5 GHZ processor.
It will have a netork card for networking to an XP machine, but will never see the inside of the internet. This will be a stable, non-internet, file backup machine (for photos and such) and a portable entertainment system for the children. I want to use it strictly for the children’s software titles, photo viewer, DVD player, and of course music player. That’s it, no photoshop, no video editing, and probably wont even have any of the microsoft office products on it (still thinking about that one).
What OS should I install in this thing? Linux? XP? 2000? 98?
Remember, it has to be able to network to the existing XP machine in the home now.
I can’t install XP without buying a new copy but I do have Win 98 handy and a copy of Knoppix.
If you have any other suggestions as far as software and whatever compatabillity issues I might have with a non-MS OS that would be appreciated.