Allow initial installs of ubuntu to come with a startup gui that would require entry of their laptops specific brand and model number. This information would generate a wiki entry on ubuntuforums.org where others with the same hardware could gather and share hints about compatability and troubleshooting. A good example of what I'd like is at www.thinkwiki.org. The wiki node per laptop could also be a good place to link relevant forum threads. This GUI could alternatively be integrated into the "System -> Hardware Testing" program as long as it would run automatically the first time a user logs in. It could even generate a bookmark in firefox for the wiki entry created /applicable to that model laptop/system.