Hey there... one option no one has yet offered is a complete customized laptop. Instead of goin with IBM, Toshiba, or any other you can build your own like desktop doers have done for years.
A good start is Asus... What you get is a basic laptop chassy and mobo.... if you want kick ass graphics go with an ATI mobile 9 something... or go with the NVidia fx. you can get up to 128mb dedicated video mem... and on a laptop... that's sweet ass sweet.
Then you can make the choice to go Celeron, Pentium M, true Pentium, or even Centrino.
The base differences are the following:
Celeron is a clocked down version of the Pentium chip... but it does not contain PowerNOW or speed step archetecture... SO IT DOES NOT CUT IT'S VOLTAGE DOWN AND SLOW WHEN NOT IN USE... So it's a battery HOG!
Goin with a Pentium 4M or whatever you can afford is a good solution... basically you get a fast chip that has the headroom for slight oclockin and can adjust for workload.
Going with a true Pentium 4 you end up eating your battery fastest... and hour on like a 90. But you get desktop performance.
And the largest misconseption with Centrino is that isn't not really a processor spec at all... It's the classification a Pentium M processor RIG is given when mated with an INTEL wifi chip... So I would stay away from it... you just pay more and you have more... way more usability in linux... if you go for a Cisco or Aurora wifi card... Plus if you wanna do any wardriving... or "security testing
" you can throw on an external yagi intenna and ur set.
The only other option I didn't list was the AMD chip route... It's true you can get the new 64 bit AMD chips in a mobile version... but I don't know how that would work with Linux... I havent tried it and havent done the research to check it out... I know it isn't too far away because Mac's encorporated the 970 in the new 64bit G5's... and they run Darwin (OSX) on a Unix based (ONIX) system... so it's not far from linux... But because I actually havent tried it... I cannot comment.
Then once you got ur processor figured out... Just go for whatever ram, hd, cd/dvd you need for what ur doin and your pretty much set...
You can get builders online to do this for you... but if you decide to do it yourself you can save about half a grand...
The base system of the laptop chassy and mobo run for about 800 usd.
Processor is under 400 if ur smart and can find a deal...
Ram about another 200
Hd about 200
CD/DVD about 300
and wifi about 150 for a/b/g triband with external antenna interconnect
all in all about 2 grand for a complete built by u... designed by u system that's sure to beat anything OUT there for about a year. plus you'll have a nice resellability if you decide to upgrade... cause the gpu alone makes it an investment for casual mobile gamers...
Gotta love dem gamers...
sorry for the thread jack and hack... but I wanted this to be known... if you got any questions hit me up here... I'll be glad to help out
OHH YES... and run SuSE!