I'm considering of buying a laptop. I would run Mandrake 10.x on it.
Are there *usually* any problems with different laptops touchpad locks in linux? This is a mandatory feature, and I don't want to find out after I make the purchase that there is no software for linux to lock the laptops touchpad. Some laptops have a function key set up, but not all of them have. Do the functions keys work under linux (or are they OS-dependent?)
Now, I have heard that HP/Compaq put their bios on the hard disk. Are there any other makes who do this? Can this cause trouble, while re-partitioning and installing GRUB?
Are there any other trouble with laptops running linux, or any trouble that might occur during installation? All laptops I've reviewed come with xp installed (the M$ tax), and with a big C-partition which is highly impractical. Still most of the models are designed for who never reformat, repartition or reinstall their OS. They just want a computer to surf the web, go figure.
Please, share your advice.
I'd also like to hear your comments on different makes. I've been considering Acer, Asus, Fujitsu/Siemens, and a custom-build model (comes without OS installed, \o/ )