There was only one minor annoyances with the Acer. It didn't come with any technical documentation whatsoever. I had to go to the Amazon page (linked above) to find out what the horizontal and vertical frequencies were so that I can use it with Linux.
Three steps to get it to work with Ubuntu:
1. sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
(just accept all the defaults)
2. Add the "HorizSync" line to this section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
Identifier "Acer AL1714"
3. sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig
(choose the LCD option.)