I took the plunge ...
... and installed edubuntu.
First thing, how the hell do you connect to a simple LAN. Before that how do you check if the thing has drivers for the network card. The PC has a normal onboard network card and also a wireless network card which I don't intend to use. Only the wireless net card seem to be displayed at hardware information. If it doesn't have driver, please don't tell me that you have to go through a 20-step command line installation procedure.
Regarding the LAN, all I have is a simple LAN with static IP's that connect to a ADSL modem.
If beer is not the answer, you're asking the wrong question.