I don’t think I’ll really have that much trouble explaining to them why using a 20 years old iBook for their needs is not a good idea. Besides, with 2009/2010 Core 2 Duo MacBooks being able to run Mojave, they should just spend the $200 out of local funds to get one of those with SSD(s) and max RAM. If they’ve made an iBook last 20 years, I am sure they can use that one reliably for years to come, and I can handle the file migration from OS9 (although I haven’t seriously used 0S9 since like 2000).
EDIT: they have a newer (we will find out what mean by newer) MacBook they have also been using. I will need to retrieve the documents stored on the iBook though. I’ll get it home tonight, I’ll take photos and post what I see.
EDIT 2: The iBook seems to be working, but the attempt to boot to the harddrive fails and the harddrive just makes this knocking noise. I am going to guess it’s borked. I looked up on iFixIt how to get it out and dear lord, you have to disassemble the entire thing. I actually HAVE an IDE external enclosure, and I have recovery software, but I’m not optimistic. That said, if I can swap in an IDE to SD or SSD or CompactFlash, I can maybe get this thing back up and running, but the local’s data may be gone.