My replacement DVD drive arrived yesterday. I installed it and I can now read DVDs! Woot! Unfortunately, my replacement keyboard did not arrive. Today maybe? [ /me crosses fingers ]
No charge, by the way. All that is required is to send back the broken drive.
It was now time to muck with my Linux install.
Either of my choices of Linux distro (Mandriva or Kubuntu) has a broken wireless interface. Since it didn't matter which I chose, I figured I'd just use the one I liked most. I overwrote my Mandriva 2009.1 install last night with Kubuntu 9.04 (using the DVD I burned a few days earlier). True to form, wireless was still broken. I decided to logout after screwing around with the desktop for a while. When I logged back in, wireless was working! I now have a fully working Kubuntu install! Woot!
I have applied all updates. Now all I need to do is install all the software I need.