I got an ExpressPost in the mail today, from a sunny Perth mid-Northern suburb, which has to mean that AusPost got clever & shipped it across the Tasman to Burnie, Devonport or at the very least (stretching it for time) Launceston rather than Hobart if it was posted on Monday.
Sharon, the postmistress, was quite surprised that it had arrived, but I’d warned her on Monday that it was coming.
It contained a Gutsy Gibbon desktop CD, another one labelled “alternate”, & a full DVD. This all proved useful because I was able to use the LiveCD to inspect a system while another box (with a dodgy DVD drive) set about upgrading itself from the “alt” CD as I got my laptop copying (scp) the DVD across the wireless at about 600kB/s because despite being told to not fetch updates, the upgrade fetched a few items down the whoopie-how-fast-am-I dialup modem line, which was going to mean a 2-3 day wait instead of an hour or so, & I hope as I watch linux-image-2.6.22-14-virtual_2.6.22 copied across that a restarted upgrade will find a lot more of what it likes from the DVD image.
The dynamic-address server will also get fed DVD contents tonight to make it a more peaceful home-seeker in Wynyard tomorrow.
Watching that scp out of the corner of my eye has been quite educational. Ubuntu has a stunningly broad range of services packed into this one DVD. Now I have to find out what libmeanwhile & libmalaga do for a living, for example.
Until then, I’ll be counting ‘U’s as I sleep. (-: