It definitely took a couple few times, i'll admit. My first few attempts froze up very early on in the installation process. I saw somewhere on here about checking the use LVM option on install. That got me a quite a bit further in the process, but it would still freeze. Then I also chose to not install updates during installation but did choose to install the 3rd party stuff for mp3 playback and whatnot. And that got me installed.
I didn't know anything about linux or ubuntu before I got this thing, but I've been around Windows based machines my whole life and; while my command line knowledge is limited, I'm not afraid of it at all. so this has been a fun intro to the world of linux.
I'd guess the biggest issue with stability with Ubuntu is the lack of RAM, yes?
free -m shows that the system only has 800MB of system memory, which i guess the the 200MB is taken up by Intel graphics?
I think I've had some luck with increasing the swap size. so far I've seen the system use as much as 900MB of swap. I also increased the swappiness of the drive from the default 60 to 85.
I've since done a few more tweaks to the system to try and reduce system resource usage, like disabling the fancy visual settings, start up applications, etc.
I have pretty good luck and am happy with it overall. Again, i'm a total noob to most of this, so YMMV, and any other advice you may have would be helpful.
(actually had a freeze as I typed this up, but it recovered, including my post yay!)
For 1Gb RAM, it is not suggested to use desktop distro, text mode is better.
If you really need desktop, try Debian desktop, Fedora desktop or Mint desktop, Ubuntu desktop is very very slow to run, it makes me crazy.