I am planning to buy a laptop. My budget is around 55-60K. I am looking for a good performer which will be able to run linux. I know none of the distros will work right out of the box but I can install and configure drivers for odd devices. I have searched the forum and found that most of you have recommended dells. I too have my heart set on a dell but i would like your opinions about these lappys: 1. Dell 510m (1.6GHz Centrino, 256MB DDR333, 30GB HD) 2. Acer 4052 (1.6GHz Centrino, 256MB DDR266, 40GB HD) 3. Compaq Presario 2100AL(?? dont rememeber the exact model no. but has almost the same config as the two above) Except the Acer, all the laptops come preloaded with WinXP. The acer comes with some Linux distro. Now here are my questions: 1. Which company should I depened for after sales service? 2. Which company has the best build quality? 3. Will I get a WinXP install disk with the laptop? Can I install it on my desktop? :roll: 4. Do you have a laptop that is not in the list but meets my criteria? Thanks.