I have a dozen or so older desktop machines lying about. (laying about?) We'd like to loan them to some non-profits for web browsing purposes. On the cheap, of course.
We have XP volume license.
The plan was to put a clean copy of XP on 'em then tighten permissions down enough so that a local user account can run a browser and print but not much else.
However, how would I protect that volume license key? There are so many little utilities out there that can look at a machine and pluck out all the keys and I really don't want my volume lic. key getting loose in the wild!
I guess I could look at running the machines in some sort of kiosk-mode to prevent running/downloading apps but that gets dicey -- for instance, the users have to be able to download and read PDFs so I can't block downloads completely. And as soon as we have to spend money or time on this little project it will get pushed back in priority...
One final note: I could considered running something like Xubuntu. Hit a couple snags though. The machines are old Dimension 2400's and the video cards get a little wonky with X -- I haven't tracked down the correct drivers. Also, the intended end users will have difficulty installing printers and such (no on-site *nix talent).