Looking For A Linux Compatible Laptop
Well, I've recently decided to buy a new laptop exclusively for Linux. I've only used Linux for about a year, and even then I used it very little. I usually use a Mac, but I have been wanting to dive into Linux and start learning about it. I was planning on buying a MacBook Pro soon, but rather I'm going to buy a cheap Linux laptop now and probably buy an iMac a little later. So, I'm still a n00b with everything Linux, but I plan on changing that.
Anyway, I've been trying to find a good laptop, that is 100% compatible with Linux without having to tinker with everything. I like tinkering with stuff, but only when I want to. I want to be able to install it, and have most things working, then I can tinker with stuff when I have extra time. So I figured that the best approach would be to buy a laptop that is preloaded with Linux so that it is guaranteed to support Linux. So I looked around a bit and the Dell Inspiron 1420N is what interested me most. But when I did a search I found that people were having problems with the Intel X3100 graphics card that it has and Linux. I've heard that it isn't well supported, and that it doesn't support 3D. I'm not a big PC gamer, (thats what my PS3, 360, and Wii are for) but I use Compiz-Fusion, and I will occasionally play a little open source game, that doesn't require much, but I'm not sure if this will work for even those things. So I decided to look at the versions of that come with Windows, since you can get them with an NVIDIA 8400M GS. I really didn't want to pay extra for Windoze since I don't like supporting M$ or paying for something that I will immediately remove, but if that is what I have to do to get supported hardware then I guess thats what I'll do. So I think that I've found a conclusion and start searching for problems with that and Linux. I found even more people having problems with it than the Intel. So now I don't know what to do. Does anyone that has one of these Inspirons comment? Also, I'm not sure if this is signifigant, but I don't plan on keeping Ubuntu on it, I would probably install Debian, Mandriva, Gentoo, or some other distro.
I'm also open to suggestions for other laptops. I would like one that meets the following.
At least 160GB, preferably <250GB HDD
I'm not to strict about the CPU, but 2.2Ghz Core 2 Duos have been on the low end of what I've been looking at
Preferably around $1,500, it can be a little more, but no more than $1,800
This is what I currently have as my LinuxBox, I would like for it to be a fairly large improvement over this so I'm not disappointed that it didn't meet my expectations.
Sorry for the n00bish questions. :/