"me mine" wrote in message news:...
> I am currently seeking a distro that I can install on pc's for newbies to
> use.
>
> Here are some assumptions to help with getting ideas from people.
>
> Firstly, it must be easy to install. so that anyone familiar with windows
> installation can do this.


Slackware is easy

>
> Secondly, it should for preference, be a single cd in size.


Slackware comes in 1 CD

>
> Thirdly, it must be GUI in operation with as little commandline
> configuration as possible.


Slackware provides X

>
> Fourthly, it should be easilly viewable over a lan from a windows pc. so it
> can if possible be used as a gateway or server for a windows network.


Slackware provides SAMBA, SSH and many other network services.

>
> Fifthly, it MUST be available free of charge in some form or other.


Slackware can be downloaded for 0.00

>
> Sixthly, configuration and optimisation should be as easy as they would be
> in Windows98se or XP.


What? Exceptionally convuluted and difficult? I think I'd rather use
Slackware.

>
> Also, it cant be slow to use. therefore KDE 3 upwards as the kde 2 versions
> ive tried were slow and counter-productive.


Slackware provides a number of windows managers. You could even
install others?

>
> The reason for the above criteria is as follows.
>
> I do charity work supporting a network for a community organisation.
>
> The volunteers and clients are not very knowlegable regarding computers and
> resist what looks hard.
>
> They want things to just work for them. not to have to configure.
>
> They will accept a linux server if it can be easilly maintained and
> networked.
>
> Also, I am hoping to set up extra client pc's.
>
> Anyone with any distro suggestions would be helpful.


Also, the Slackware commuity is really nice... especially to charities
Don worri.. we help u... yay!