Total duration: 11 days Thursday 27 February Download iso for Ubuntu 64 bit v. 13.10 Friday 28 February Buy DVDRW disks Attempt to create Windows rescue disk Discover internal DVD drive on laptop is not functional Sunday 2 March, 12 midnight Confusion over wifi provider's billing cycle results in blocked access to internet Tuesday 4 March Pay wifi provider current + next month in advance Trip to the local computer shop, buy external DVD drive (USB) create Windows rescue disk Decided to use the whole drive for Linux, so that was unneccesary burn iso to DVD success Discovered that the laptop will not boot from external DVD, although it is selected in Boot menu Return to computer store for 8gb memory stick for alternative installation Tuesday 4 March, evening wifi provider shuts down regional internet for maintenance. They have a history. wifi provider finally recognizes payment, removes blocked access, but too late (see above) created perl script using LWP and URI to attempt to connect on 10 minute cycle prints error message on failure, success on connection Wednesday 5 March scream at wifi provider's customer service. Somewhat satisfying but ineffective running monitor perl script until success ...waiting for connectivity Friday 7 March connectivity restored at 2014-03-07 10:37:40 The actual installation of 13.10 from memory stick was fairly painless. I hit a little bump configuring mySql, but I was able to resolve it. I assume this narrative might amuse some.