This machine came with Windows 7 home edition, plus anti-virus etc (time limited), and basically she didn't use it because it was unbearably slow. Playing with it a little in Win7, you couldn't close it unless you agreed to terminate background programs. The icon to log-out/close down was well hidden! I made a remix on a memory stick at the weekend, using LXDE and adding British English, Libre Office, Skype, Pidgin, Chromium-browser and a few others, along with acme, gnome-power-manager, gcalctool, to make it all more netbook friendly. I made desktop files for acme and gnome-power-manager and added them to the autorun file in /etc/skel and also for the guest user. The remaster was a little over 1Gb.
Anyway the thing ran from the memory stick, and impressed immediately - being from the stick it took a while to load, but was quick enough once running. Did the installation, the only problem was "suspend" didn't work properly, gave a black screen on restart, but hibernate worked fine, and as she said when I explained the difference, if the battery's about to run out, it's best not to have it depending on any power at all.
Everything else appears to be working fine, and it's flying. I'd also added VLC, so in Chromium and VLC she has two familiar programs to get her started. I showed her how to add users and added a "guest" user. I have to say that the keys aren't as good as an NC10, and it would be nice if a future kernel update fixed the suspend problem.
I showed her some basic maintenance, updating, emptying the wastebin (slightly odd with PCFman), how to "eject" a memory stick, and I think she was impressed with the simplicity of it. Computers really throw her generally and I think that in the effort to do everything for you, I think Windows has actually become unbelievably complicated.
Hopefully when she got home she got the internet connecton sorted out, and a neglected machine is being put to good use.