Well, I couldn't resist it, I had to install the stripped down Mint 13 Mate from cd. (Thanks to Gutknecht).
Seems to run ok, but I'm going to up the ram to it's 1GB max to speed it up a little. Only thing is Firefox won't play flash (youtube etc) but that's not a real problem, my mum won't be too interested in that. So finally, thanks one and all.
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Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and XFCE, Salix 14.1 XFCE, Debian Wheezy XFCE, Debian Jessie LXDE & Raspbian (Raspberry Pi)
Windows 8 safely locked in VMWare Prison.