I scored a nice laptop this week, though it has a problem with the screen and the cable connecting to it. Hopefully I can repair that. It's a PII 300, so quite a nice machine and very compact and light.
I installed Ubuntu on it last night. This is my first real install of Ubuntu, previously I've only played briefly with the live CD.
I have to say I'm well impressed. They've really thought through what's needed for ordinary end users and everything Just Works<tm>. Truly a Linux distribution ready for your Mum.