intel wifi perfect/ootb
intel graphics almost perfect. see below.
audio perfect/ootb (I removed pulse audio but only because I don't like it. no issues)
microphone and headphone jacks perfect/ootb
no direct rendering ootb.
getting direct rendering was as easy as:
sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-dri
LMDE runs very swiftly on this laptop.
I think it will be there quite a while :)