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I'm looking to buy a new (inexpensive) laptop, what brand does everyone recommend (more bang for my buck)? And yes, of course I'll be installing Linux Desktop on it.
I currently have an old Toshiba Pentium 4 running Ubuntu Hardy, but it's just getting too heavy and cumbersome to lug around though I love the fact is has a nice 15" screen (I'm already blind as it is). Most everyone else at the office are using Dells but I wanted to either stick with a Toshiba and more recently have been checking out some Lenovo laptops.
I like Dells as I find it's easy to get most of the hardware working; that being said, however, I recently purchased an Inspiron 1545 and I will be damned if I can get the wireless card to work via ndiswrapper or even Broadcom's proprietary drivers! However, do not let this deter you from considering Dell - my model is the only one I have had an issue with, hardware-wise.
I have a Pentium-3 (clunker) of a Toshiba, and it works nicely, everything's wonderfully supported, but aside from that, Toshibas (and Lenovos) have always been a bit out of my price range.
Be aware that the Lenovo ThinkPad series are excellent (but not cheap); although lenovo do have a consumer range 'below' the thinkpads, they aren't as well built and Linux support isn't necessarily as good out of the box.
Having said that, I am typing this on a Lenovo 3000 N200 (a non-ThinkPad); the webcam doesn't work (largely because I don't care...I assume it would if I cared enough to make an effort); the fingerprint reader is 'mis-recognised' as the one in a ThinkPad and doesn't work (not that I care much again, which is the real problem, I guess, but it would probably have worked 'automagically' with a ThinkPad).
Now the real thing, if anything, that gets me irritated is that the keyboard, which doesn't have as as good a feel as as the one on a Thinkpad. And I could have had an 'end of line', low-end, ThinkPad for about the same cost, but it had Vista and I didn't want that...should have 'downgraded' the Vista to XP on a ThinkPad.