As everyone else has posted thier experiences with installing Linux on thier notebooks, I figured I would share as well. If you have not figured it out yet, I bought a Dell. It is a Dell Inspiron 8600.
I wanted something that I could play games. As ATI graphics
adapters are not as well supported as Nvidia’s graphic adapters, I
searched out for notebooks with Nvidia chipsets. For those
looking for a notebook to install Linux on, this article
would be a good start. I couldn’t find anything new that met my
specifications that were less than $1300. So I decided to look
for one that was second hand. Linux-on-laptops.net is a good site to check on compatibility. I found what I wanted on Ebay.
It has a Pentium M 1.6Ghz, 512mb RAM, 60 GB Hard drive, Nvidia Geforce FX5200, and an Intel PRO Wireless 2200.
I installed Mandriva-Linux 2005LE.
The install went flaw-less. Everything was setup right. The
only thing I had to do was install the Gnome-Alsa Mixer, and configure
GNOME to use the multi-media shortcut keys. The touchpad works
great, including the side scrolling feature. I can even plug in
external mice without taking aaway the features of the touchpad.
Here’s to you hoping your notebook purchase goes as well.