i386 compatible cpu or better
budget 10mbit pci utp ethernet card or better
any video card
16mb ram or better
The installation method:
start up system , pop in cdrom, boot with cdrom , press enter , reboot and it's installed. No user interaction whatsoever. Sorta like Knoppix, except no gui. No, not even for your lan. Just use 192.168.100.1 for the initial install.
Via http on another system
The software that should be installed:
a webserver that supports http and https
Note : No kde, no gnome, no weird other packages that webserver don't need but lots of Linux distro install anyway.
As already described the webmaster should be able to set everything up via http. Uploading webfiles, uploading bulletin board software, phpnuke and setting users and passwords.
A webmaster should be able to browse to http://192.168.100.1 and see a nice graphical interface to set everything. Automatically reconfigure scripts and set permissions correctly.
Almost everyone has some poor old 386 or something collecting dust in their attic. They'd like to use it as a webserver, but the linux installation methods are awful. If Knoppix can autodetect everything and have a nice linux desktop ready, why shouldn't you be able to do the same for installation of a webserver? Heck, with minimal configuration you can transform an old pc in a firewall using Smoothwall.
Any ideas? Perhaps this idea ?