My techie abilities are the ability to click on boxes. Want a laptop to 1) Watch DVDs 2) Basic jpeg titivation then burn to cd. 3) Surf on BT broadband inc a bit of eBay, Amazon, Wiggle, Screwfix etc. 4) Tiny amount of typing and printing. No games, no TV. So A) Could some flavour of Linux do this? Could I do this? C) Would it be cheap and long-term trouble free?