We need to buy a couple of engineering laptops. Our 1st choice would be Dell Latitude.
Unfortunately, in the past, my colleague had many problems installing the Ubuntu on his E6510. The main issue was that the screen remained blank after boot. The solution was to connect to an external monitor - but this is not an acceptable solution for a mobile configuration. He ended up recovering the Windows installation and he has been using Windows on that machine since then.
However, all our engineering environment is Linux based, so other laptops do have Ubuntu installed successfully - Inspirons and HP Pavilions.
The Latitude E6520 configuration we are looking for is i7 CPU, 15.6" FullHD discrete graphics, 8GB memory, 7200RPM disk and whatever extra hardware that is standard out there.
Before purchasing, I'd like to know if anyone experienced problems with such configuration with the plain Canonical Ubuntu ISO discs (i.e., non Dell specific kernel or the like)?
Additionally, should I expect problems running Ubuntu as a guest VM on top of Win7 on this laptop (it works just fine on my HP Pavilion)?