At last, installed ubuntu 5.0.4 on the home desktop. Very nice.
Here are the steps :
- burn both the live and install cds from ubuntu download site
- boot using the live cd and use ntfsresize to make yourself a big enough partition
- insert the install cd and install ubuntu on the partition created in step2
I have installed various versions of redhat, compiled gentoo till the cows came home, but ubuntu is the way to go! Congratulations and thanks to the fine ubuntu community!