Great Idea, but has a ways to go before release..
NO intel! cpu or video systems.
nVidia based chip sets
AMD DUAL or QUAD core only please
One 1Gigb Ethernet
802.11a wireless NOT 802.11n, but real support for 802.11a 5.8Ghz wireless IN ADDITION to 802.11b/g/n for 2.4GHz, Insipiron 9400 had 802.11a support. Less interference on 5.8GHz, but not all users in this band are 802.11n compatible.
CDMA 3G 860/1900Mhz and LTE 4G from VZW either as an optional PCIx card or built in.
nVidia 1GB VRAM on board graphics. And NONE of those dual mode hybrid cards either! They cause nothing but trouble.
Monitor output, prefer VGA, but DVI is fine, last and least favorite is HDMI.
DVD-DL with Lightscribe and DVD-RAM multidrive, no laptop should be without them.
Docking station to add PCIx ports, additional serial ports, USB, HD, DVD/CD-ROM bays
ALL PORTS on the BACK! Except for a couple USB ports, but otherwise all ports on the back, including power!
16GB RAM or 32GB would be better
15 or 17" screen would be the preference.. 13 is just too small... as for matte v. glossy, not an issue for me.
NO UEFI BIOS or Bootloader!
Linux YES! ubuntu, no thanks!
Please use or offer Kubuntu 64bit, KDE is what regular developer users want. NOT unity and gnome 3 which have been pretty soubdly rejected.
HPLIP full install including the GUI software
nVidia OEM drivers installed in the image ready to go. Work with the XSWAT PPA to get the best drivers out there.
All compiler requisites should be installed ready to go ie: build-essential, etc..
Eclipse IDE with PHP, Java, C/C++, Ruby setups
Netbeans IDE with PHP, Java, C/C++, Ruby setups - This may be an issue with the idiotic licensing nonsense certain company causes.
Do NOT install openjdk! It just has to be removed any way, as most Java programs are not compatible with it. And since you can *legally* distribute Sun(REAL) Java any longer.. just let the user install it.