Linux on laptops has been made easier in the latest Ubuntu beta, but there are still problems. I have been helping a friend setting up Ubuntu on his laptop, and it has not been easy. I could not even get 6.10 to boot on it! But with every release of Ubuntu Linux it has been getting better and better.
So for the past few laptops, Iâ€™ve been running Windows XP, mostly because this Just Works(tm) on modern laptop hardware. Linux really didnâ€™t cut it when compared to XP: yes, you could install it without too much trouble, but getting 100% out of your laptop (suspend/resume, good power management, full support for modern GPUs, etc) is a different story.