Yesterday I installed Mint Linux on my 4yr old Pavilion zv6130us laptop and so far the results are excellent. I have yet to test everything although below is what I have been able to get going with MINIMAL effort. In the past I have had a lot of experience with different distros and they all have their pros and cons. With my laptop the most annoying thing was to get the broadcom bcm43xx chipset to work under linux. I had it working on SuSE 10 although it would crap out every once in a while. After three days, Mint Linux is constantly loading the driver and connecting to my home wireless as effortlessly as my Mac or Windows machine. Very well done. BTW, is there a place to document that my laptop works with Mint Linux besides this post and the linux compatibility database?
-after driver installation of fwcutter / bcm4300 wireless is working flawlessly for three days now
-media codecs are working flawlessly (I am listening to music as I type, been able to listen to mp3s and watch mpegs, mp4s from windows partition and iPod)
-access to windows partitions and writing to them (both FAT32 and NTFS)
-access to iPod
-access to memory card reader (read and wrote to MMC and SD cards)
-access to HP quicklaunch buttons (nice unexpected functionality)
-just about everything
Yet to test:
- write a CD/DVDs
- bluetooth & file transfer
- VM ware
Very well done Mint team!