Inspired by the 30 Days with Ubuntu article on [H]Consumer (I had been considering trying it out for some time), I went over to the download page on Ubuntu.com, and downloaded a torrent for Ubuntu 6.1 for i386 desktop. Went to sleep. By the time I woke up this morning all 698 MB had finished downloading to my My Book Pro. Now all I had to do before trying the Live Boot CD was burn to iso image to a CD and stick it into my old laptop.
Problem: I don’t have any software installed for burning iso images. So far I have been able to get by with using the built in Explorer mechanism for burning data to CDs or DVDs, and for some reason Nero doesn’t work so well on my current machine. I was able to find some very nifty software (freeware) to help me with this: ISO Recorder by Alex Feinman. This small (360 KB) utility installs quickly and sets a new default behavior for all iso files (also accessible through the right-click menu) to Copy Image to CD. After a confirmation screen, the program immediately starts copying the iso to my waiting CD and is finished within a couple of minutes. This is a very handy piece of software for anyone who would like an easy way to burn an iso image to a CD (Ubuntu or not).