Hello, tough laptop lover!
I've got a Gobook, which is similar but with an integrated NIC. You could install a Debian Stable, eventually adding a NIC card to do a net-install. Personnaly I've added a SCSI card and it has been seen by Debian without problems. I didn't tried the touchscreen yet, because I mainly work in console mode, but it seems that it's very simple, we just have to add a line in xorg.conf. The big problem I'm facing is, as always, ACPI management :-(