This post is being written from inside Firefox runing on Ubuntu 9.04.I repartioned the disk into one single EXT4 partition – Windows XP has gone, but the plan is to bring it back via a virtual machine in Virtual Box.
I backed up all my files to our handy network attached storage, a Buffalo LinkStation 250 GB, and I've confirmed that I can access the files from Ubuntu, without any additional configuration. It just scanned the network, it showed up as an icon, and I double-clicked on it and entered my username and password (nothing different about that). It just works. Very cool.
I see the update Manager has just notified me that there are updates. I suppose I should let it have its way with the OS for a bit.