In Which Mac?, I wrote “Not quite ready to unSwitch for day-to-day work yet; it seems the latest Linuxes still have issues with outboard displays and power management [now 37 people are going to write me to tell me how you can make that work, each providing their own multi-step recipe]”. Hubert Figuière , very sensibly, commented “Actually there is no need for a multi-step Linux-that-work-on-laptop how to. Just purchase a model that is known to be well supported.”
He’s got a point. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to look to hardware providers to do this kind of corner-case integration. After all, that’s how Apple makes things Just Work, by controlling the hardware. I remember one of the best laptops I ever had, a Toshiba Portegé ultraportable that came with Windows 95. Suspend/resume worked flawlessly every time; I’d go for weeks without rebooting. At the time, Win95 was clearly the world’s best personal-productivity OS, and Toshiba applied just the right amount of hardware-sensitive fairy dust.
So someone who ships a light, small, powerful laptop with Ubuntu nicely integrated, and takes care of the power management and display adapter and so on so I don’t have to worry about it, well, they can probably steal my business from Apple.