If you are looking for a basic laptop, you might consider checking out http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/ ... 6-1260291-
to review the specs on an extremely budget-friendly laptop. It is US$299 for a laptop, not a Netbook. It comes with Ubuntu 8.10, which can easily be updated to Mint 7 x64. While not an advocate of Dell products, this may be worthy of consideration. There is also a thread about this unit over in the Ubuntu forum for those interested.
Actually, I did give that one some serious consideration. I liked some of the options it had, and it stayed within my $1000 budget even with alot of shiny extras to keep it going for longer than normal. The problem is with it's video card. They only offer one intel graphics card. I looked up the benchmarks on the model as well, and it's incapable of playing pretty much any game. With a CoD 4 as a benchmark, it barely pulled 5fps at 800x600 at low settings. Now I know DirectX and OpenGL are different, but somehow I don't think that something that performs so slowly at 800x600 with DirectX will be much better with OpenGL. (while I did say I'm not a heavy gamer, I do still enjoy games time to time). It's a shame, too...if they offered just a few extra options like a different graphics card, I'd have purchased that model. They ALSO had an XPS model laptop with Ubuntu as well...but given it's only color choice was "Passionate pink" ....yeeeaaah. Not the impression I wanna make at school o.x