Originally Posted by dodgereid
All I really want this computer for is word processing.
If that's all you want to do fine. However at those specs much
more is possible.
My junk machines include a pentium 133Mhz 40ram laptop running damnsmalllinux and a 266 PII 32ram running Slackware. Neither of them can boot from cd. You're machine looks like absolute luxury by comparison
With a 8.4 Gb hard disk there should be no need for a minidistro like damnsmalllinux unless that idea really appeals to you. Can you buy or borrow a cdrom to hookup to this thing? It would make things easier. If not, net installs are possible.
My advice fwiw, pick a distribution to try and post your question in the distribution specific forum. In this newbie forum these type of threads often degenerate into a "go with my distro" type of discussion.
*mods; sorry if this comes across as encouraging double posting.*
Edit/ btw: Welcome to LQ !