Linux distros to try
Kind of a memo to myself (much of this from the article on ''Which Distro for You, depending on your uses'', in LXF#118/May)...
For my Pentium 2, 233MHz machine, try Sugar (list of included apps ) for The Girl,
Foresight for Kids, and Qimo, are also supposed to be good -- but have higher system requirements (for Qimo, the FAQ says: ''a minimum of 256MB of memory to run from the CD, or 192MB to install. At least 6 GB of hard drive space is recommended, and a 400MHz or faster CPU''; Foresight needs something pretty modern, IIRC).
There's also an Ubuntu Christian Edition that supposedly has good web content filtering.
For my general desktop PC useage, try Linux Mint. Based on Ubuntu, but with better package management (i.e. D/L-ing new software).
For a multimedia center, LinuxMCE, as cleaner and less complex to set up , than Mythbuntu (although Mythbuntu is easier than MythTV). However, the article's author wasn't sure whether LinuxMCE was still fully active.
For music production, try 64 Studio -- with Ubuntu Studio as a runner-up.
They didn't list one for video editing. Maybe 64 Studio has video editing tools, as well (worth a look).