I'm seriously considering buying a laptop to put linux on. I've been using Libranet for about a year now and I've really gotten a lot more familiar with Linux thanks to it. When I get my laptop, I've pretty much decided I'm going with Gentoo -- I know the install can be a pain, but I want maximum customizability and optimization, and you can't beat the learning experience. :-)
Initial research into laptops has been overwhelming so far. So many manufacturers, and so many models, to choose from! I am a university student, with a dual major in computer science and physics. I travel by train several times a year, and have sorely missed being unable to mess around on a Linux box while doing so. I do some web design, some competitive programming (ACM competition), and I'm learning OpenGL. Here is a rough idea of what I'm looking for:
- Decent-to-good 3D card with separate
memory. I may be on a budget, but I'm still not up for this "shared" crap!
- DVD drive (for playing DVDs, duh)
- WLAN for when I'm at school; we have a lovely wireless network.
- Good battery life (would also accept "pretty good" battery life)
- Power management options (e.g. scale down the CPU when it's not in heavy use, etc.)
- Regular ethernet connection (10/100) for the rest of the time
- Not a Celeron, if I can avoid it
- Decent price
To give you some idea, I found in my research the eMachines m6805, which seems to be the perfect model for all of these criteria (http://www.emachines.com/products/pr...Machines_M6805
). However, I thankfully did my homework before jumping right into it, and I found that it really doesn't play nice with Linux. Just getting the 64-bit to work is a formidable task, and I'd still be unable to use 3D acceleration (due to the ATi card) and my WLAN! That's a knockout blow.
Now, I'm prepared for a bit of flexibility on any of the above points, due to the real world being what it is and so forth. With that in mind, can anyone give me some suggestions of models that have what I'm looking for, and
I can put Linux on them? Thanks in advance!