Hi, I will be buying a laptop pretty much just for general "office" use. I have a pretty good desktop that I recently built but I need a laptop just to do some schoolwork and to program. I will probably be installing linux on it (*just in case that makes a difference). I'm not a big fan of laptops so I don't know much about them. It needs to be around $500, so if you guys have any suggestions it would be great.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?- 4 years if possible
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? DVD
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.- Lenovo thinkpads have awesome keyboards so I like them but it doesn't really matter.