There was one major hardware success story over the weekend. A friend turned up with a laptop that was running Windows XP. For a laugh I thought I'd try putting a wireless card into it. Almost instantly the new hardware was recognised and the PC clicked and whirred a bit while it installed the correct drivers. Less than a minute later it was installed and Windows reported that it had found a wireless network to connect to. We connected to the network and within seconds we were reading email.
It was my first brush with Windows XP and I have to confess to being impressed. That's how I want it to work under Linux.