>A reasonable Windows install with office can be fit onto a
>250MB hard-drive if needs be, on the other hand, OO.org requires
>that for itself !
>>Am I making any sense here ?
From my recent experience of installing Suse 8.0 and Mandrake 8.2
on similar machines with a little more hard drive space, you are
still in trouble. Install with KDE3 and no openoffice took 1.2GB.
It's hard to believe that can be right, but it seems to be. I know
you said that hardware isn't a problem, but really it is. I work
daily with similar spec machines and with releases of distributions
(RH and Mdk) older than the current generation, we've been fine.
With the latest releases we've hit ram limits and hard drive space
Could you pool the ram from a couple of the PCs and get them up to
128-192. Ditto with the hard drives. Or go out and buy a hard drive.
On the other hand, that's all work, and the xterm idea probably gives
you the best bang for the buck. Of course, you still need one good
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