Fresh Grub4Dos frugal install to intel core 2 duo laptop, iwlwifi, i915 video. Everything ok out of the box. gnome-mplayer plays dvds, simpleradio streams, numlock off
Touchpad working with scrolling. Lid suspend installs as in 11, as does pmount, conservative governor, flsynclient etc. Printing not installed yet. As in 11, iwldvm module needed for iwlwifi, put in modules line in /etc/rc.conf. mac80211 no longer needed there. Posting from 12 now using my standard opera 12.16 installed on the boot partition. Emendo question. Can text be added to toolbar icons or spacing changed between them in the ini file or gtk theme? All in all smooth sailing so far.
Edit: Printing also sets up exactly as in version 8.0 through 11. Once I get Abiword on it, I'll test it on the Pentium M intil 2200 pro wireless laptops.