Linux-Compatible Portable Developer System
Great idea, I really want something like this. I am in the market for a fully Linux compatible higher end portable system.
OS - Great that it comes with Ubuntu since that is the de facto Linux desktop. However, it is very important to me that the hardware is supported via open drivers so that distributions other than Ubuntu will be able to take advatnage of the same level of hardware compatibility. It's great to focus on the experience for Ubuntu, but please don't do it such that users are locked into that one distribution if they want full hardware support.
Deal breaker: 4GB non-upgradeable ram. I already have a 4GB developer system that runs out of memory and starts swapping when I am developing java applications with Netbeans and running a Glassfish application server and a database. My 6GB system has no issues. I would like the ability to upgrade the ram, or at the very least if it has to be non-upgradeable, give it 8GB minimum.
Disturbing: No lan port? I know it's one of the taller ports out there but it is really very important - sometimes you need to plug directly into a specific switch, or into a network that for whatever reason lacks a wireless access point. I see that there exist some USB to RJ45 connectors, so if something like that could seemlessly work in linux and be included with the system that could be a workaround.
Barely livable: The screen. Please provide the option for a higher resolution screen, and it would be excellent if it could be matte as well. I would gladly pay somewhere around $100-$200 extra to get a model with an fabulous screen.
Like: 1) Battery Life, 2) Small form factor for the screen size 3) Durable and pleasing design 4) Backlit keyboard 5) Large touchpad... as long as the clickpad works perfectly in Linux! My current HP clickpad doesn't like to let me drag/click while having 2 fingered scrolling enabled...
Thank you for your work, I eagerly await the results :)