Groklaw member Tyche got a Dell Inspiron 530N with Ubuntu Linux and, I asked if he'd please write up a quick review after it arrived. He has done so, and as you will see, he found getting online so easy he had nothing at all to do to make it happen.
Read it here
Needless to say, I eventually managed to get the system set up and turned on. Ubuntu was already installed and only needed to be finalized for individual use. This is an easy procedure. Simply answer some questions about language, location (for time zone), and login information (name and password). Then it comes up — Ubuntu Linux 7.04, code named Feisty Fawn. Since this is what I had been running on my old P-III I was somewhat used to it already, all except for the “desktop enhancements” which wouldn't run on the old machine. Not enough memory or CPU speed.