I have Ubuntu installed on my laptop alongside Windows Vista. I notice that when I'm using Linux, my computer seems to run somewhat hotter. The base (where my wrists rest when typing) seems to get warm, the fan kicks in faster and seems to work harder, and the air blowing out of the vent seems warmer.
I went out and bought a cooling mat for my laptop, and that seems to be working well. The base still gets warm, but no hot air is blowing out of the vent.
Should everything be alright with the cooling mat? Or should I be concerned about a hardware problem that Linux is causing? Has anyone else experienced this problem?