I'm in the market for a new laptop. Through my employer I have access to some deals with vendors: Lenova, HP, Dell for a few weeks, so it would be nice if I could find something along those lines that work with Linux without too much fiddling (as in, things work out of the box). I've searched sites like www.linux-laptop.net, but it seems the sales I have access to don't include older machines, and the linux laptop sites don't yet have reports on the newer stuff.
I'm looking for large screen (16 - 17"), good battery life (3 - 4+ hrs). I want take along on photo shoots and interviews, dump photos and mp3's to the laptop, and do some graphics and sound manipulation.
Does anyone have experience with any newer machines that might fill the bill?