My parents had an interval with PCLinux when their old laptop reached EOL for Windows XP. Fun and games finding and then helping my dad install non-free firmware for wifi, without the aid of ssh or AnyDesk. Only thing I could not find a driver for was the SD card reader. They moved back to Windows with a new laptop but managed to avoid Vista and 8 completely.
Jim, how do you find the performance of the Pi as print server?
I gave up on using a 256MB Model B, but now have a 2B available ( having replaced that with a 3B days before the 3B+ came out :( - and I bought the B days before the 512MB version was released, so feel a bit jinxed!).