Just Installed

Just finished installing Ubuntu today. Trying to figure everything out. I'm running it on the oldest computer I have, which means that it's running on hardware so old, it apparently can't even recognized some of it. I'm debating what this means. On the one hand, I have a marginally newer piece of junk tucked away somewhere. On the other hand, I don't really care to lug it out, dust it off, and give it a whirl. So it looks like I'm stuck to an IBM Aptiva for now. So I have a few things I need to figure out: I need to get Ubuntu to detect my ethernet PCI card, I need to figure out how to use a crossover to link my Windows box with my Linux box, I need to figure out how to share my internet connection across my Windows box, I need to figure out how to connect via Cygwin and X, so I can get some kind of graphical interface for Linux on my Windows laptop (which I usually do most of my ... whatever... from. Oh boy.