To me (i.e. IMHO), half the point of Debian or <bad pun alert/> its progeny, is the APT system. If you insist on crippling it by not connecting to 'net & using the repositories, you run the risk of not being able to resolve dependencies. You might as well put yourself in DLL- or RPM- Hell. I know kubuntu-desktop may be complete, but other things you will want in the future won't be. I strongly suggest you rethink connecting your iBook to the 'net.
If that remains prohibited, then you probably need
the kubuntu install disk anyway. Also, you need to learn the beauties of
apt-get install -s name_of_new_package
(for safe ?) simulates the install & tells you what else is needed. This will become your download list. The trouble is, w/o the 'net you can't even update your cache & thus know what is available & what the current versions are.
Before this develops into a full-blown rant, how about a few questions for you:
1. Why not connect the iBook?
2. Do you have a connected computer?
3. How long have you been using GNU/Linux?
3a. How much Debian/Debian-based (i.e. Ubuntu etc.) do you have?
3b. How familiar are you w/ how APT works?
4. What is the purpose of the Ubuntu install on the iBook?
4a. How many additional packages do you think you might want to add?
I am asking these questions because I don't know if you realize the consequences of your decision not to connect, & I don't know what you are trying to do w/ Ubuntu.
Good suggestion about Mepis, I am using SimplyMEPIS 3.3, getting ready to go to 3.3.1-1. I also use it to teach Winders(tm
) refugees to transition.