Originally Posted by tredegar
"Everybody" is right. Just get an internal 9-in-1 reader that plugs into USB. It is likely to work.
If you plug in your USB devices (and printer, modem etc.,) and turn them on, when you install you preferred distro of linux, it is likely that everything will be set up for you.
Thanks tedegar! I'm happy to hear that. I am bound and determined to set this thing up
myself, I guess it's not too hard, I just need a little handholding. Now to pick the right motherboard...