Originally Posted by yugioh_advance
one more question. is there anyway i can download softwre from another pc for a full cd to install offline?
for any offline pc install this platform.
Yes. Thats what you're doing when you download one of the iso files for whatever platform it is that you're installing to i.e. probably, given that you said about the 1.5 gig P4 Dell 8100, x86 iso (of whichever distro you think you'll like to use).
The only thing you won't be able to do until the target system is connected to the internet (AFAIK that is) is download the current updates, as I understand that the updater would need to know what is installed so it can compare the list of what updates might be available.
Hence, if you downloaded, say, PClinuxOS, and then ran the installer, you'd get a perfectly usable system (well in theory). With the choice of applications to install from the CD (obviously if you could find the installable/bootable DVD iso image, it'd probably have many more applications available for you to try).
It's quite possible that you might find some things that didn't work, as they needed some sort of updates/grades. Ok fine, but if all you needed was a working system until you're ready to get it connected to the internet, then it should work fine. Then once connected, you do the updates from there.
Don't forget, the older the iso image you download (and then burn), plus the longer you left it to connect to the internet, then the greater the amount of updates that will/might need to be done.
p.s. Oh and as it's a good starter distro, you could find PCLinuxOS here