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How long to setup a new system?

 I just got an HP laptop from BJs. It was cheap enough, dual core 2G ram, 
160g hard disk, 15" screen, $729. 

Anyway, I've been trying kubuntu 64 vs 32 bit. 

Aside from the crap that one must deal with when installing Linux on a new 
laptop, how long does it take you to get a Linux system "there?" 

For me, I have to install the development tools, dvdcss, pidgin, firefox 
and thunderbird (not default on kubuntu!), xine, gimp, digicam, ecryptfs, 
postgresql (from source), and others I can't remember. 

It takes me a couple hours after base install to get it the way I like it. 
Is anyone out there a "plug and play" or do you go through a similar 

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