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, I’ve been running Windows XP, mostly because this Just Works™ on modern laptop hardware. Linux really didn’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.
A critical look at ubuntu feisty beta on an hp nc8430 laptop