ThinkPad Edge 13" Series
This page gives an overview of all ThinkPad Edge 13" Series related topics. The Edge 13" exists both in a Intel and AMD processor model.
ThinkPad Edge 13" (Intel)
(K)Ubuntu 10.04 LTS supports this model out-of-the-box, including 3D desktop effects, hibernate, built-in webcam and wireless.
The combined headphone/microphone socket, however does not. As per https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-backports-modules-2.6.32/+bug/549289/comments/4 you need to add the line
options snd-hda-intel model="olpc-xo-1_5"
to the end of /etc/modprobe.conf/alsa-base.conf
The 13" model has no optical drive, so you must use something like usb-creator to put the ISO image of the LInux distribution on a (1 gig or larger) USB stick, then boot from that.
There are more details on this at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick
There does not seem to be a way to update the BIOS from Linux.
ThinkPad Edge 13" (AMD)