I’m looking for a laptop and it’s proving very difficult! This will be my main machine, used for programming and general web stuff. It must run Linux, preferably Fedora. This is what I’m after:
- 14 or 15 inch display with better than 1366 by 768 resolution
- Graphics card that is supported under Linux. Needs to be good enough to run Gnome 3 but it won’t be used for games, so integrated graphics are fine
- DVD re-writer, not bothered about Blu-Ray
- 256Gb SSD drive (128Gb would do)
- Intel Core i5 or better
- Decent battery life
- Backlit keyboard
- USB 3 port(s)
I’m working up a table of manufacturers/models which I’ll publish here soon. In the mean time, any pointers would be very welcome. Thanks!
Update 1: Dell Latitude are looking like the favourite at the moment. Only missing USB 3.
Update 2: After much deliberation I have gone for a Dell Vostro 3550. The other factor that I didn’t include above is now much I’m willing to pay for a laptop. The Latitude looks great, but at nearly £1,500 it’s way too expensive. (It also doesn’t have USB 3 ports.) The Vostro doesn’t match on a few of the requirements; resolution is 1366 by 768 and the hard drive is a 320Gb SATA, though spinning at 7,200 RPM. Given that my current laptop is an Asus A6000 the new machine should be a joy to use!