This is my first post on this forum :laugh:
Anyways, I currently duel-boot Ubuntu and Windows Vista on my HP G50 Laptop (Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz and 4gb of ram). Are there any distros that run better than Ubuntu for laptops? If so, are they easy to install so I can duel boot (easiness ranging from partitioning a drive and installing to a graphical interface inside Windows much like Wubu). Are they good for connecting to Wi-Fi networks? Do they come with a 64-bit version (If my laptop needs it)?
Ubuntu in my experience is the best for ease of use, it usually auto-configures everything on laptops (unless you have a proprietary wifi card). But as gioneasy9 suggested play around with various liveCD distros to find one that work perfectly out of the box on your computer and you can easily install it over your existing ubuntu partition(s).
As far as I know Ubuntu is the only one that has a built a utility like wubi for installation within a windows file system.
For most distros the only real gain you achieve from running 64-bit is the ability to use more than 3Gb of RAM. Generally the performance increase is not noticeable since most 32-bit distros utilize the smp module for auto-negotiation on multi-core systems.
In reference to evan's comment about running Slackware, it is my preferred distro but it is very manual, if you want something extremely user-friendly and auto-configured like Ubuntu or windows then I recommend against trying Slackware at this point in time.