1. Kids aren't going to be very tollerant of look-alikes so, if you want to -please- your children, I suggest buying a used mac.
2. If you want to provide them a great desktop at the right price, then Ubuntu is pretty much it.
If you don't really -want- to spend time tweaking a newer version to get it working on older hardware, just stick to the version that works for your hardware.
3. To keep things simpler in your house, I'd say maybe a newer version of the ubuntu you are running on your kid's computer is good.
IMHO, as a parent myself, I would say "If you want a mac, figure out how to earn the money to buy one. I'm here to help you with that. Otherwise, here's a great tool, for right now." There are other very good distros and ubuntu isn't perfect. It's got almost as many issues as a popular distro, but far more goodwill behind it. I'm a debian fan myself.
Originally Posted by DB9
New to Linux. wishing to explore Linux but not sure where to start. I have tried Ubuntu 5.10 live CD this works and wanted to try 6.06 and 6.10 (which don't work on my hardware)
Abit BH6/1g Cel/512m/dvd rw/wd 40g and 30g drives/pro100 nic/Elsa quatro video
I would like to run something that is tolerant of older hardware (this is maybe why the newer flavors of Ubuntu don't seem to work) and also use for multimedia down the road (play movies, editing etc. pictures - not sure if distro selection affects this) On another system (duel core/P5B)I will run the same but also like to load Pro/Engineer (linux port).
I had been requested by the boss (my kids) can I make it look like Mac OS X - I know that some tutorials are about modifing the interface of KDE to do this - but is this distro specific?