I was able to make my LiveUSB stick with Ubuntu today. I tested it on a Windows machine and was able to boot into Linux Ubuntu.
Tomorrow I'll deploy Linux on my soon to be Ex-Windows spare laptop. Hopefully it'll be easy. There's even an installer on the Ubuntu desktop.
Then once I'm back at my office (am in Califas now), I'll want to set up my office desktop computer and work laptop to dual boot with both Windows and Linux.
I didn't bring my book with me, but I'll work on Ross' exercise back at the office. 'll also read the next 4 chapters of the book.
Ross, thanks for your assistance today.