Continuing on the Ubuntu theme -- InformationWeek reviewer Alexander Wolfe says Ubuntu is a pain to install on laptops. His experience was so frustrating, apparently, that he is now "mystified" as to why this particular Linux version has gained a reputation as the best OS for Linux beginners. Not necessarily the case, he said. Getting Ubuntu to run smoothly on his system required "significant tweaking."
First, the install is slow starting -- and if you can't load the Ubuntu CD, you won't be able to install the OS at all. Second, there is a long list of incompatible hardware, of which it would help to be aware beforehand.
Eventually, he had to partition the hard drive before the OS installed successfully. And that was after Wolfe spent considerable time researching in the Ubuntu Forums for common install problems and how to solve them, then attempting to install Kubuntu rather than Fiesty Fawn and, finally, installing Feisty on a vanilla desktop.
His tale of detour and frustration, as well as the helpful hints he reveals along the way, is certainly worth the read for anyone contemplating Ubuntu on a laptop. The install will be less painful if you know these things ahead of time.