I just bought a new Acer Aspire 4315 Laptop from Dick Smith which came with Ubuntu Hardy Heron. I have to admit I am very impressed with it. I had a little issue with the wireless drivers but it was easily fixed. The only bit that isn’t supported is the 56k modem, as it is linked with the sound system I read that getting the modem to run can screw up the whole install so I won’t bother looking into it. I don’t use 56k modem’s for net connections, It’s either wired or wireless so the modem not running does not bother me in the slightest. The rest of the hardware was supported out of the box with out me having to go though and struggle setting setting up hardware drivers. Skype does some problems with the capture device and I still have a problem with it resetting the capture volumes back to 0, but I don’t see it as too much of an issue at the moment.
I have yet to try my webcam, I will have to do that when I get home as we are in Auckland until Monday. Over all I am very pleased with the Acer and it was cheaper than I was expecting plus it came with a free upgrade to 1gig of ram.