I am not really sure, but want to find out.
I have one of these*:
That is currently running a dual boot Windows 7 Starter (yuk!) and Ubuntu 11.10.
The Ubuntu runs beautifully when it’s running from the Live CD (actually, a memory stick), but the installed version doesn’t recognise the mouse or the wireless card.
I don’t really do much with the laptop and have today discovered that there’s a new Release Candidate for Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu) just been released.
It look sweet and I have nothing to lose by trying it. I might actually get a usable laptop out of it.
*No, I didn’t pay much for it! The cost of a new screen that I fitted myself.