Ok, I am beginning to look for a new laptop that is reasonably priced (~$1k+, prefer < $2k if possible)), but won't be obsolete for a few years. This is primarily for my wife to use, but don't think I won't be getting my grubby hands on it too
+ It will be running Windows 7 primarily (for her) but needs to be compatible with Linux (for me, and doesn't matter which; Ubuntu, Fedora or openSUSE)
+ Prefer a 15" screen but will accept a 17" screen if I have to
+ Here's the tough one.. I want a 5 hour or more battery life, even if that entails getting an extended battery. Will take replacing an optical drive with an 2nd battery if that is the only way.
+ Needs to be pretty good for graphic use (mild DTP, some photo editing, etc).
Of course needs WiFi (it's a laptop for heaven's sake!). All of the other features, if these primary ones are met, are nice but optional; webcam, bluetooth, Firewire, etc.
Anybody have any recommendations? Or am I asking for too much?
(yes, I posted this in Google+ but think it may get more exposure here)