Which computers are guaranteed to work?
I am in the market for a new high-end Ubuntu laptop, and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations.
My requirements are:
that it be crazy-fast (a quad-core i7 processor will do nicely)
excellent battery life under real usage (over 7 hours)
high-resolution screen (at least 1440x900)
Basically, I want the MacBook Pro, but with Ubuntu instead of OS X. I know I could just buy the MacBook Pro and install Ubuntu on it, but my understanding is that recent MacBook hardware is not well-supported under Ubuntu. Plus, I'd prefer not to pay a premium on Apple hardware.
Is there anything out there that can run Ubuntu well, and still compete with Apple on performance, battery life, and screen resolution?
Edit: Just to follow up, I ended up buying a Lenovo W520, which works great, except that for a long time the nVidia Optimus graphics were impossible to get working. Now they work quite well, but are still an ordeal to set up.
Complicating things is a BIOS bug that Lenovo refuses to acknowledge or fix. In the future, I'm going to stay away from nVidia graphics on laptops at all costs, and probably prefer other brands to Lenovo.