Its considered sort of bad to post the same thing in 2 places (you asked the saem question in your intro). Best to just ask the question in the one place, it makes things a lot easier for you and other people.
Not that this matter much, but its also best to be more exact as to what model laptop you have if possible. It doesnt really matter that much because the only thing that could be difficult with that laptop is wifi, and it has a whole list of possible wifi cards (I only even checked the model to make sure it wasnt a nVidia 'optimus' laptop, which are a real pain with linux in general and confusing for new users. Its not).
Originally Posted by acid_kewpie
ubuntu. job done.
It would work, but I cant point anyone toward ubuntu anymore.
I'd go for mint 11 over ubuntu.