Installed Ubuntu on the dell from Mirja today, it's setup in the office. Thanks Mirja!
Unfortunately I couldn't get the acer working yet. I wiped windows from it but then the ubuntu installer kept crashing, so now it has nothing on it. I backed up the files that were on it first, even though everyone seems to think they're unimportant. I'll come in some time and try again to install Ubuntu on it, but I don't think it's urgent as the office has two computers now and there isn't a third keyboard, mouse or screen anyway.
I also got Shannon and Catalina to make dropbox accounts and set them up on the office computers. So they've now got their files such as the EVS files backed up, shared between the two of them, synced and available on both office computers and their own laptops or from any computer via the dropbox website. Very useful.
Other people who have important forest computer files -- Chris, Martin, and I don't know who else -- you need to get on top of the dropbox, make yourself an account, set it up on the office computers, share your files with others on dropbox. I can walk you through this, will take about 15 mins.
I've had it with you. If I had an image of a laser gun I would absolutely position it right here in my hand...
Ha! I have a real laser absolutely positioned in my hand!