I'd downloaded onto a USB stick instead of a CD cos Ubuntu site said that was cool.
Cool? Perhaps (it is nice being able to take your operating system, applications, etc around on your USB key), but it is not alwas as reliable as people might like. It generally requires having the computer setup to boot from USB before the CD &/or hard-drive and that is just a security risk most machines won't stick on as the default.
Booting from CD is the quickest and easiest method in almost all cases, no matter how "cool" some geeks think the USB method is
I now have what looks like a prefectly operational Linux machine and while I still need to download/setup a few bibs and bobs it seems to be AOK. Linked straight into my home wireless network without any drama
Excellent. Always good to hear that the device drivers kicked in without effort (that's the worst problem that can occur on installation if you ask me!)
Next step is to see how the DOS emulater works and whether or not I really can get MaxSea up and running. All in all very impressive though I'm a bit iffy about no Malware protection. We'll see.
As always mate, buzz me if you need a hand. Putting together systems that emulate / integrate with ancient (relatively speaking) operating systems and software is what gave me the financial security to leave the city for the central coast
As for the malware though, the reason there isn't explicit protection is that, in general, you don't need it for Linux. Two reasons really - firstly because the number of Linux users makes it non-rewarding to create them (not enough machines for it to work on) and secondly because Linux is pretty damned secure against such things as built from the ground up.
Basically, unless you're opening you machine to the Internet full-time (say as a web server), you'll have to really go out of your way to get anything but what you explicitly install on your Linux box to run. Remember, the vast majority of malware is designed to run on Windows, which means you have to help it to even start up on your Linux machine