For a local scout group, I have been assigned the task to get some computers up and running. Requirements are:
- Surfing the internet
- Being able to print a few documents on their HP printer
- They have 230V power but not internet or telephone in the building. 3G coverage is good.
Currently they have:
- An IBM PS/2-50, which I have told them to get rid of
- A PC with 128MB RAM and Windows XP without any service packs. It probably won't work with WinXP Service Pack 2.
- Possibility to get some more PCs that are old and slow and have little RAM.
- Money to buy max 1 stand-alone PC from new.
Note, that the local second-hand market sells PCs almost at the price of new PCs.
It is easy to get them online with 3G flat-rate modems, but the existing PC is too slow and if we get more PCs, they will probably also be slow.
I have thought about these solutions:
- Some kind of small Linux distro, which fits well with 128MB RAM. But I am afraid it will not run OpenOffice well, and that it won't be compatible with 3G modems.
- One big PC, maybe purchased from new, and then some remote desktop or X-clients on that PC. This means that only one PC needs to be online with the 3G modem.
The solution can be Linux, Windows, Mac or something completely different - as long as they can surf and print some notes. Any suggestions for configurations, software etc.?