Thanks for the troves of info guys this is really helpful,
Yah, I'm going to try Mac OS 7.4.6 (I believe that's the one they have for download) simply for userfriendliness, but if for some reason that's incompatible I'm moving to Slackintosh and most likely DSL for the Gateway rig (simply for HD space constraints) though I'm going to check out Linux-m68k to see how that works out.
The problem with a TUI is twofold. First, the TUI has always been intimidating to the computer illiterate. Of course, when TUI was all there was noone complained and the illiterate learned TUI, but as time progressed it seems that the computer illiterate have been given to expect a Windows/Mac OS GUI environment, and a TUI is intimidating (though there's nothing particularly intimidating about them... other than the fact that the screen is black... maybe the darkness is intimidating
Second, my programming ability is severely limited, so making the computer load to a screen that gives two options is beyond my reach... (Visual Basic is the only thing I have experience with... not so good outside of the GUI environment).
The specs on the rigs requested are...
33 MHz 68LC040
4 MB of RAM (
160-320 Mgs of HD space (
200 MHz PPC 603e
16 MB of RAM
2.4 GB (
Gateway 2000 Colorbook
Intel 80486, Around 33 MHz (someone supposedly got Redhat 4.2 up on one of these rigs)
12 MB of RAM
320 MB HardDrive (
More specs for the Performa 575 and the Performa 6400/200 can be found at lowendmac.com
Thanks again for the treasury of info, it's really helpful,