I updated the hosting article to reflect that DreamHost now includes Drupal among its many one-click installation options, which include other content management systems, wiki platforms, photo gallery platforms, and more. As of this writing, the DreamHost one-click option will perform a "simple installation" of Drupal 6.20, handing you a ready-for-dev setup.
Is that a good thing? No doubt so, if you want a quick Drupal installation to play around with, or to get a simple site up and running fast. But if you're serious about using Drupal, the option probably means nothing; you'll learn much more about Drupal by installing it yourself, and will have more freedom in building the site you want. As the installer itself notes,
In my review of Packt Publishing's Drupal E-Commerce with Ubercart 2x, I mentioned that a number of troubles and hiccups caused me to run pretty late with both my review and my creation of a test e-commerce site. What sort of problems? My review and a handful of blog posts leading up to it already mention a few, like image paths that required slashes before Node Import would work. Below are a few more misfires, in no particular order, that I took note of while building my store. (You'll note that none of them seem to be particularly the fault of Ubercart, and certainly not the fault of the Packt book I was working from. They're just a random heap of gremlin-like woes.) Read more about My Ubercart site creation troubles
Wow, this took me some time! Partly for good reason, too. I set out to not just read the book and proclaim it good (or not), but to also follow along and build my own working Drupal + Ubercart site. And so I did.
But was there pain along the way? Oh yes, there was pain, and then some more. Glitches and screeching-halt gum-ups galore. Here's the important thing, though: Those weren't the fault of the book. Despite quibbles with its content that I'll mention, the book was a great help (and if you're in a rush, let that be your review right there). Rather, I was beset by a succession of hiccups involving Drupal, Ubercart, my hosting service, my local-computer development setup, and probably cranky gremlins too.