For awhile now ive been looking at new laptops. One thing that is hard about the laptop/notebook market is taht it is really hard to do it yourself. There are some Linux only Vendors out there. R3 and System76 the thing i dont like about them are that they are quick to throw propietory stuff on your system and they dont seem to be working with upstream projects to get there patches integrated. so you end up with an un supportable system. Well to me any way. Of the two i looked harder at R3 as they supply/support Fedora System76 only support Ubuntu.
In the End I went with Dell. The offer there Latitude Series notebooks with FreeDOS. So you are free to put what you choose on it. The only downside is that you need to order it through the Small business section. To find out what they have on offer go to dell.com select small business notebooks. Then in the Menu bar at the top of there site the notebook drop down has Open-Source Notebooks as an option select it and you can get one of 4 different models. So what i ended up getting is a Latitutde D820N with dual core 2.0ghz intel CPU, 2GB ram, 80 Gb hdd, dvd burner, 15.4″ screen @ 1680×1050. Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950, Intel 3945 WLAN and Bluetooth. I should get it about a week before FUDCon. Im going to do a rawhide install on it.