This was one of the more giving experiences as of late. It was fun and opened my eyes for how far linux has come in the desktop area. Lets just say that it worked out of the box. Took less than one hour to install. And I then used 2-3 hours to customize compiz fusion to my likening (… and the specs of the laptop — i915 is NOT the fastest graphic processor around ).
While I also hit some bugs (hence the beta keyword I suppose) I would really recommend people to try ubuntu 8.04.