It took me a bit of time to open the box, boot the laptop, refuse the Microsoft Windows license, and get ubuntu started, since I was taking pictures the whole time.... but it's now working, so I should get back to work. Removing windows from a computer is one of the best ways I can think of to spend a lunch hour.
So, there are a few things I've noticed instantly about this Vostro 1000. The first is that it's much lighter than I expected. The last few laptops I've used have all been beasts - this one weighs a lot less, and the screen is by far the heaviest part of it.
As an addendum, it's also a lot quieter than the other laptops - except when the fan is going full power, or the CD is running - but I expect those won't be quite as common.
The second is that someone FINALLY created a decent power pack, with a built in cord wrapper. I definitely like that!
I'd write up a tutorial on how to install linux, but it's just too damn easy. The only glitch I've come across so far is that the BIOS is defaulted to not allow Booting from the CD. You have to press F2 to get into the bios, go to the boot menu, and then change the boot order. From there, it's smooth sailing.
Finally, I'd just like to point out something of interest for those people interested in getting a refund on the Vostro 1000 for a copy of Windows you'll never use. (Assuming you want to install linux, instead - and who wouldn't!)