Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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I began the install. Unfortunately I hit a very major problem. One that really means there is no point in having Ubuntu at all. It can't detect the network hardware interface, which is quite crucial really to me using a laptop. I can only assume the wiki entry must have been for a brand new machine. I even tried to set it up with my PCMCIA card in and connected to the LAN (both at home and at work) and still no joy.
I'm now giving the latest Debian (sarge) release a go. As Ubuntu is built on top of Debian, I'm not expecting to be too surprised if it fails. As suggested previously I'm going with the netinst version.
Interestingly, Debian has spotted all my network hardware. Even spotted that the local domain is messagelabs.com. Here's hoping that the rest of the install is as painless