Well, it look's like ubuntu is going to wait a bit before I tackled installation. Reason 1 is that I am still waiting for it complete downloading. That is blazing fast Comcast for you. Pay for "Powerboost" and it takes 28 hours to download 650 meg. Honestly should have take a few hours but seriously... why to I pay the extra.
Second off, part of development effort is taking a look at Microsoft Live Writer and seeing what it would take to put together a plugin that would allow one to add in associate links to their blogs via this tool. It may work out that the current plugin set that is available is sufficient, or that the services available from Amazon are inadequate and those would stop me. But, I think Amazon's APIs will be rich enough and the other plugin's to be good but missing features. The only other thing is that it is likely to take a decent amount of programming time as I am definitely rusty and .NET programming.
My other concern is that I am not getting any sort of funding for this. Many of web development efforts come with the side incentive that I could make some money via Google AdSense or via Associates. I know it is delusional, as I have made a whopping $1 off all of my projects. Granted I don't do many.
Basing this project on many past projects, I give it a 7% chance of survival. Web based projects usually run in the 70% chance of survival, but I guess you do what you know.
Also to be noted I am working on updating my template to support 3 column again. This time without tables. Oh how I hate floating div's.