In case anyone thinks this is Linux-specific, I plugged a USB mouse into a ratty old Win98SE system we were using for CD-based edu-games (the PS/2 mouse was pretty close to cactus) & the system died — won’t boot — & it wants about 3 days worth of full-on downloading to fix that — only, being a MicroSoft system, it won’t officially let me download that.
The same mouse flawlessly & painlessly (& instantly) replaced a PS/2 mouse on this Ubuntu system into which I’m typing — only it constantly colour-cycles its entire suite of high-efficiency LEDs, making it not well suited for use in a dark room.
Meanwhile, back on the bandwidth whine, wanting to download a couple of few-thousand-word HTML pages alongside the updates completely knackers the link, so that your neighbour(-ish) can’t log in to her webmail. As to watching videos & such... in which lifetime? Ah, well, some day somebody’s going to run a fibre link down the Murchison Highway. Looking forward to that day.