Skara Brae wrote:A netinstall would have made this unneccessary.
Have you tried unetbootin? Their old PC must have a USB port, umm, scratch that, even if it does, there probably isn't boot from USB capability. But you are right, the Debian net install
fits on a CD (max 280MB), and it could be read by their legacy CDrom (if you use and burn the CD ISO to a CD of course). There are other user friendly distros that have net installs, I can't name them off the top of my head at the moment but there are. I am running Debain Wheezy 7.4 Xfce, I found a way to make it pretty and have learned to configure it, solid as a rock, but you need some extra packages and a bit of configuration for a few of the frills you find in Mint. Xfce is closest to Windows, KDE will be too bloated, you'll see them in the menu.
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