Base Software Install and Configuration
Install Ubuntu on small internal hs notebook booting from an usb key, it’s faster than burn a cd, you can use a tool like UNetBoot to build a boot USB key.
Update Ubuntu, System/Administration/Update Manager
Enable if you want Remote Connection, System/Preference/Remote Desktop (my notebook screen is broken) and from now work remotely, I use UltraVNC to connect.
Install Partition Editor (gparted)