laffer1 writes: "I've been searching for a reasonable laptop for several months. The only thing that comes close is the Mac Book Pro 13", but it won't work due to the OS I intend to run. I need a system with a CPU I can do software development on. The system will be compiling software frequently including large packages like firefox, x.org, kde, etc. I work on a BSD project and need a portable system to work on ports and packages with.
I can get away with 4GB of RAM and a modest CPU supported by open source drivers, but the processor needs to be at least a fast dual core or quad core. An AMD fusion is out of the question as it's terribly slow, worse than the core solo 2.2Ghz intel i have now.
I don't care about brand, drive space need only be 80GB and disk io should be fast (SSD or faster SATA HDD)
Where do people go to find systems like this? Netbooks don't work because of the CPU. I think I fall in the fast/ultra portable space. (if there still is one)"