"You got a new laptop over the holiday, or want to spruce up
your old one with Linux? Ready to take the plunge, but a bit
hesitant? Despite the horror stories, migrating to Linux on a
laptop can be easy. With a few tools and guidance, you can have
Linux installed and running in no time.
"But how can this be done safely and easily, what with all of
those nasty rumors surrounding the challenges Linux faces on the
laptop? Wireless chips not working. Video cards not supported.
Suspend/hibernation broken. I will admit it can sometimes be a
challenge (depending upon your hardware). But it's rarely
insurmountable. Let's dig in and see just how you can overcome
"What's the Problem?
"The reason Linux has had such a challenge with laptops is
simple — most hardware vendors choose devices based on price,
not how open the hardware is. The sad fact is, many chipset vendors
tend not to release open source drivers or even the specifications
so that kernel developers can create drivers for them."