Inspiron 4150 Laptop Intel P4 1.8GHz 384MB RAM 30GB HD DVDROM
My aim is to set up this old laptop for my nine year old son to use as an educational/communications machine - Moderated internet usage, writing documents, educational software (typing tutor, maths software, maybe a spanish tutor if there is one), and emailing and skyping relatives (I know he should use wengophone but the relies don't so he'd be all alone on there).
The machine already has XP SP2 on it. And, while I'd love to wipe it clean, he has games that only run on XP and I've had trouble getting his iPod working on my Linux machine (I think it's a hardware issue not software) and I'm worried it won't work on his either and he'll still need iTunes... so, for now, XP stays, and he'll be dual booting (although he'll be staying on Ubuntu most of the time).
I've chosen Ubuntu because... well because it's all I know. And, unless someone can suggest a good reason that I should go with another unknown (to me) distro (I'm all ears), Ubuntu or Edubuntu it will be.
I've got to make the decision though between Edubuntu and Ubuntu. Is there really much of a difference? So that's my first question: Ubuntu or Edubuntu?