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... something else to consider in the same vain as Slax is Salix... http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.php/Home
It's easy, pretty, light...
I have run Slax and Slax-Remix as a LiveCD for years and as a hdd install for a few months. I ran Salix for about 3 months on hdd. They both branched out from Slackware and both are light but Slax is both lighter and more feature full due to default DE, somewhat dependent on amount of RAM vs CPU and hdd.

Salix is primarily a hdd install distro. Slax (and the Remix) are primarily Live distros and as of Remix v8, less flexible and ram dependent hdd installs. The reason is that Salix has a hdd based and full featured bootloader that is easy to dual boot. Slax has a very simplified form of Lilo best on a single OpSys system. It can be dual booted but a little harder to setup because even on hdd it runs like a Live Distro in that it loads to a ramdrive unpacking zipped files on the fly. This means ram amount and hdd speed become more important than CPU for running usage. That's why I have Slax on my lappy which has only a 433MHz CPU but 256MB ram and a fast hdd. It loads slower than Salix but runs considerably faster.

If OP opts for Salix because of the easier hdd install he will have to install KDE 3.5 to avoid the disappointment he experienced with Puppy's DE. This is not much of a problem at all since it has fairly decent repositories although the package manager is not as slick as Pacman or as solid as original Slax modules.

Bottom line is given restricted hard drive space and parents familiarity with XP-like menus Slax-Remix is probably the best bet since the install will be incredibly simple, can be tested first as a LiveCD with no changes to the existing, and has a default DE that his parents will find easy to use immediately.

The install is as simple as copying the CD files to hard drive and running the included "liloinst.sh" script. That's it. Done!
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Try puppy linux 90mb, gui almost looks like windows, its like a friggin playground for it in a 2.99gb hard disk.. also openoffice can be easily installed..
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Try puppy linux 90mb, gui almost looks like windows, its like a friggin playground for it in a 2.99gb hard disk.. also openoffice can be easily installed..
I love Puppy to for some things but in OP's post he stated that he had tried Puppy and found the DE to be too austere. I am not recommending Slax-Remix because it is my personal favorite. One should use (and love) the best and most specific tool for a specific job.

I am not trying to single you out Dragon but rather to try to get the message across whenever I can that it really isn't helpful to people to answer every question with what you like most if it doesn't fit the job. By a huge margin my favorite distro is Slackware but I recommend it sparingly because it is not for everyone or every condition. Just for reference despite preferring what many see as 1337, I, and a few other responsible responders here, routinely recommend other distros we have used including Puppy, Backtrack4, Arch, the *Buntus, Debian, and obviously Slax.

The advent of LiveCDs (and DVDs) makes it trivial to try out lots of distros and WM/DEs. You and others would be amazed at how much you can learn to improve your favorite distro by running other ones....plus, you can stop appearing merely as a fanboy, gain some serious skilz, and offer better advice.
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Puppy does have a pretty flat DE. I thought Puppy was a discontinued distro anyway.
    
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Puppy does have a pretty flat DE. I thought Puppy was a discontinued distro anyway.
Greetz
Actually it has grown considerably. In fact I may owe a minor apology. I hadn't downloaded a new Puppy since 4.3.1 and it had been pretty much the same for years. I doubt the precious responder recommending Puppy actually realized this since it is no longer only 80MB (it's 130MB) and it still takes some hoop jumping to get KDE in it but Puppy is on a roll. Check this out - It has added a really nice build function and has one version that combines Puppy with Ubuntu. See HERE

I still think the Slax-Remix is the easiest install as well as the easiest transition for OP's parents.
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post #26 of 33
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Wow thanks for the suggestions guys! I talked with my parents last night and I convinced them to get a 20GB or 10GB hard drive for their system. It isn't just for the extra hard drive space, but I'm pretty sure that after 11.5 years of usage, the drive might conk out eventually. I'm sure the new drive will be a zillion times faster and with all these great linux OS suggestions, it will give this old machine new life again
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If you want barebones but somewhat user friendly try Debian net install. You might need a wired connection at first but it's not that hard to set up. Either that or Arch Net Install, both are about as small as you can get for an easy system. You then can pick the DE you want and it'll be a very minimal install on either.
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post #28 of 33
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If you want barebones but somewhat user friendly try Debian net install. You might need a wired connection at first but it's not that hard to set up. Either that or Arch Net Install, both are about as small as you can get for an easy system. You then can pick the DE you want and it'll be a very minimal install on either.
I would do that but the only network connectivity the device has is either the wireless card or the.... modem

I'm limited to wireless without getting a wired card. I'm trying to keep this DIY with the parts I already have.
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lol Well my bad. =P that is a terrible pickle.
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I would do that but the only network connectivity the device has is either the wireless card or the.... modem
I'm limited to wireless without getting a wired card. I'm trying to keep this DIY with the parts I already have.
If I were you I would begin researching right now if and how the wifi device will work with Linux. FWIW this is kernel based and not distro based so any should be fine. Some wifi devices require building the drive module so get your ducks in a row ahead of time.

BTW although Slax-Remix starts out as only 180MB mine on my old lappy hit 3GB in a few days with all the stuff I wanted but 20GB should be quite useful.
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