I left my laptop running the UBUNTU 6 install last night but it was still churning away when I got in this morning. One good thing about virtual pc's is that you can blow them away and kick off afresh within seconds. Also once you've got a stable installation you can save the vhd file somewhere and then replicate it as many times as you have space for in order to try new config, tools distributions etc without screwing up an important project you might be working on. Today I was curious to see what would happen if I interfered as least as possible (usually a good strategy) so I fired up a vpc with no hard disk configured, put the cd in the drive and let it auto run. Up came the UBUNTU splash screen, and it then counted down something like 30 seconds and began to install itself. For a while the screen had some kind of low res pattern on it but now it's gone black. The disk is whirling away as it was when I came in so I presume it's doing something. It sounds to be reading from the disk and the laptop hard disk is correspondingly busy.I'll return to as the day goes on.