My ideal sputnik lappy
Dell's main concern should be a seemlles integration between Ubuntu and the HW its running on. We as developers will take care of what packages to install on the box, after all we are software developers.
Here are what makes a great laptop:
1. OS and Hardware just work and taken full advantage of.
2. Display - Matte, High resolution (1920x1080) stare at the screen all day. Display port just works with projectors and extended monitors.
3. Specs - As high as possible in CPU (i7 ivy), Ram (most i can get) and storage (dual SSD and HD) for 6 hrs of batter on half dim screen.
3a - Hold the SD card reader and other useless ports and bays. Just give me the link ports.
3b - Serious front camera for conference calls.
4b - Hold the speakers! I don't know a soul that uses the speakers... everybody uses headphones.
3d - Back lit and spill resistant keyboard.
4. Support - time is money, if something breaks i want it repaired asap!
5. No bloat ware!! i don't want your settings and other worthless tools. Don't install anything other than bare bones OS.
We'll take care of everything else with regards to software. Just make sure the os works with the hw.