Advice on purchasing Linux compatible laptop/netbook + building a PC
I'm in the market for a new laptop. I've been using Apple, but I'm ready to move on. I want to switch to Linux but don't know where to begin.
This is what I'm thinking: buy a laptop/netbook to get started with Linux; acquire peripherals as needed(ext. drives, optical drive if not included in netbook, etc.); eventually build my own PC running Linux.
I intend to use the laptop/PC for video editing, web design, and Java programming.
Does anyone have a recommend on a laptop?
Recommend on Linux distro?
I'm currently looking at Lenovo and Asus. I know Dell is an option, too. I've looked at linux-on-laptops.com, but can't find the info I need there. I've read the similar threads in LinuxQuestions, to no avail, also.