This blog entry summarizes the claims by Informatioweek and why they are not quite correct.
Read it here
When you do your RESEARCH first, installing Ubuntu or SLED or Fedora.. etc is not difficult. To install Ubuntu (any flavor) in my Toshiba M45-S265 Satellite you will die durring install if, as I have done, you forget to add the command pci=noacpi to the boot command. Simple. With RESEARCH you can find that in the Ubuntu Help Forums or on the net. I know, because I posted it there.