My uncle just bought a new laptop and by default, it was installed by Mandriva Linux which has been modified by the Axioo Team. I was surprised when i see the configuration, since it's already very complete (using SMP kernel to support dual core, ACPI modules for laptop, including batteries monitoring, bluetooth, multimedia, and many more. They even modify the boot loader with Axioo's background and they provide a nice desktop wallpaper by default. The distro is based on Mandriva Linux 2007.0, using 2.6.17 kernel if i'm not mistaken and it was great.
I hope many other vendor will dare to do the same thing as Axioo did by providing a pre-installed Linux-based operating system on their products in the future.