I thought about posting this in the installation board, but figured since my question is strictly the Xfce version of Mint, this would be better (I'm sure a mod will move it if I my first instinct was correct
I'm currently a teacher at university in China. In the office that I use is an old (figure 10 years maybe?) desktop. It has 512MB of RAM and a nice Pentium 3 (I think) clocked at a bit over 2 GHz if memory serves me. The BIOS does not support booting from a USB, and there is only a CD-ROM installed. I was originally going to do the LXDE version, but seeing that Mint is going the Xfce route, no biggie. My purposes for putting Mint on this desktop are as follows:
1) To put a legal and legitimate OS on the computer rather than a "ghost" XP.
2) To not have to use XP.
3) To provide a computer for future teachers' use that is stable and easy to use without having to really know a lot about Linux.
4) To share the internet connection out to a wi-fi router so I can use my laptop in the office for my real work (why do I need to share the connection you ask? Because the IT department here is horrible. That, and they use an 802.1X security protocol that every wi-fi router I've tried can't seem to stay connected through. This is the only workable work-around I've found).
Number four is, I hope obviously, the main reason I want/need this computer up and running. With all that in mind (in particular the limitation on my installation media), I was going to install via CD Isadora and then upgrade to Maya, mainly for it being the current LTS (see point 3 above).
1) Do I really
need to use Maya, or will Isadora be sufficient (looking long-term here)?
2) I've seen over on the Community side of linuxmint.com Clem's tutorial on upgrading and the suggestion that using APT has a lot of cons against it but that it can be done. As I stated above, I have no way of doing a clean install of Maya due to no DVD drive and no booting from a USB key. Considering a fresh install of Isadora, what is my next step to get to Maya? Should I get all the updates for Isadora FIRST, and then point apt to Maya's repos? Or should I just jump straight to Maya (with no updates to Isadora)? Should I get rid of whatever is in Isadora that I don't need (app wise) and then upgrade?
3) Anything else I'm missing or need to think about?
Please feel free to link to where these questions may already have been answered. It's 11:30 at night right now, and my brain is fried, so maybe I missed the answers while forum diving.
Edit: I'm aware of Isadora still being supported till next April 2013, but I'm going to have to upgrade sooner or later... whether I do it now or in May, don't see it making much of a difference.