I was planning to buy a laptop for quite a long time. After comparing various brands and models, I decided to go for Lenovo 3000 N100 series laptop. I was also looking for a model that would have full support in Linux.
I was struck on choosing a good processor. Intel dual-core architecture is based on Intel Pentium M processor. Intel Core 2 Duo is advanced than Intel dual-core processor, in a way that the former supports IA64. Also, it is designed to consume less power than IDC processor.
Dell laptops come with good configuration for a less price. But, you have to wait for atleast 15 days, until you get your laptop. Also if you are planning to install Linux, Dell is a good choice as Linux have driver support for almost all components.
Lenovo 3000 N100 comes pre-installed with Windows Vista. Windows XP is not written for Multi-processor. So, installing Windows XP is a bad idea in a dual-core laptop. I got my laptop in a week after placing my order.
Partitioning was quite easy in Vista. The model comes with 105 GB of single primary partition. 6 GB is dedicated to windows recovery partition. I used diskpart.exe (a command-line utility that comes with Vista) to shrink the primary partition. I could only shrink the partition for a maximum of 32 GB. And created another primary partition. Though it's not bad, as Linux could just mount Vista partition.
Earlier, I got my Ubuntu AMD64-bit edition from http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu Just booted the CD. Ubuntu desktop welcomed me with 'Install' icon. You have to just cross 7 easy steps for easy installation.
But unfortunately, audio doesn't work with this model in Linux. In Vista, it works. But, the sound is too low. You have to use a headphone to listen music or to watch movies. Hope the tutorials in ubuntuforums will help me.