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I know this has been asked before, but it's been a while, and the other threads I read had posts from people looking for something different, so here it goes again.
I'm planning on buying a laptop soon. I want to use it to replace my desktop, as my desktop is old, and slow now. However, I don't want some beast that'll be annoying to carry around. The screen should, ideally, be less than 15".
I intend to put Ubuntu 8.10 on it, so it should work well with that.
It should have at least 2 GB RAM, at least 120 GB hard drive. About a 2 GHz processor. I want a good graphics card: 3D hardware acceleration, should be able to handle any recent games. I'd like a Blu-ray player on it (do those work alright in Linux?), but DVD would be fine.
It should have built-in Wi-fi (at least G), and Bluetooth.
That should be about it.
It would be nice to find something like that with Linux pre-installed, failing that, one with nothing installed. Of course, I can just remove Windows, if it has that. I just don't want to pay the Microsoft tax.
If you shop around you can find notebooks with ATi or nVidia graphics controllers, which would be a good idea if you plan on gaming with the machine. I don't know how well the new intel graphics chipsets perform for 3D Gaming..
There are quite a few other resellers that supply laptops with Linux..