Prolly Kubuntu for her - as a not-yet burned-out enthusiast, she'll want to be able to fiddle more than Gnome thinks we ought to.

(For that matter, for my older hP nb too. Can practice on hers; see if the dual-boot option works, even without one being GRUBified to a fare-thee-well.)

How nice if the latest K build should detect the old And the new.. say, as well as Knoppix already did?

Unavoidably curious now, about the mechanism of these possessions.
Would be loverly to set a really treacly honey pot; alas, just knowing the name is not enough.

but then.. curiosity is the lowest form of Interest.