Word came that it had been shipped, and I guess they felt guilty about the delay, they shipped it overnight via DHL.
Sure enough, it's purple. Oy, is it purple. And it indeed has Ubuntu preinstalled--though it's Gutsy Gibbon. First thing I'll do is upgrade to Hardy Heron. OK, first thing I did was set up accounts for Billie and me.
I think we'll be happy with it.