Would be nice to have a zen kernel as default one preinstalled in zen mini?http://zen-kernel.org/
(It is a kernel equipped with patches to make it more "friendly" if it rang my bell...
I'don't know but zen mini may be focuse on lapto usage, and the pclinuxos gnome (slax version) about desktops?
edit: for instance, the pclos ver. may be already include the broad com module for those wi fi cards, in fact is well known taht they are very problematic for linux laptop users, especially the newbbie ones like me !