I’m posting this in Ubuntu, while listening to Becoming the Archetype from Rhythmbox Music Box (still getting used to it). Yep, I’ve got my modem working. It is a bit different editing text files to change settings instead of clicking checkboxes like in Windows. I learned how to edit the boot menu in GRUB too, so now Hal boots to Windows XP Pro automatically after 10 seconds and if I choose Ubuntu the additional boot options are included (I need “acpi=off noapic pnpbios=off”). I’ve got a couple things to try next — playing DVDs and setting up an email client.
It is really fun learning a new OS!