This morning, i helped one of my student to install Slackware 12.1 on his laptop. He had a nice Acer Aspire laptop (i forgot the series). The installation was very fast, due to high specs he had. By default, Slackware comes with vesa driver and i simply install the NVidia 173 driver and without any problem, i can load the new driver and also modifying the X configuration to use higher resolution (he used 1280x768).
Another good thing is that almost all the hardware is already detected by the operating system, leaving him with wireless which i hadn't tried. I had no experienced with Intel 3945, but as far as i seen, Intel has developed a good driver which is already included in the Linux kernel, so no more pain like in the old ipw2100/ipw2200 case (which right now also managed to be included in the Linux kernel). Everything seems so smooth, including when executing OpenOffice.org which is well-known of slow application compared to other office suite.
It's just another seduction for me to buy new laptop . Mine is already about three years old, but it's still functioning well. I also wanted to try the new Mac, so more options here