Re: Mint is great
> make it ext4 and you can easily resize it anyway
ext3 is just as easy to resize...
I'm coming to the position that ext4 should be avoided on laptops if at all possible. Laptops have a tendency to shut down uncleanly - particularly if they're as crap as mine are. ext3 can take a long time to clean up afterwards, but I've had quite a few situations on ext4 where fsck cannot sort the disk out. I've been dropped to a command prompt on many occasions, and I've lost quite a bit of data. Neither of these is a good situation, and for the novice user, an enforced CLI is a show-stopper.
ext4 is much quicker than ext3, but if there's a chance of losing power, I really wouldn't recommend it.