Well, Ubuntu 7.10 is successfully installed. I've played with the menus and seen what is what. I've got the updates installed, I've installed the proper video card drivers and I've even got the wireless network drivers working. Result.
So now that everything is nice and stable I'm going to attempt things which have a 99.9% chance of &*#%ing it all up.
A caucious head peers around the door. Worried eyes peer into the apparent void that is "The Hall of Linux". Slowly, a timid figure takes a few steps in. The door shuts its self behind him. It is dark. All is silent. No turning back now.