am looking to buy a laptop.
Apple's out, because the price/meat ratio is about 3 times higher than competitors.
so, that leaves Chromebook and normal Windows laptop.
Can you install Linux on Chromebook?
yes, but not the normal way.
You have to go thru unsupported hackery process such as turn on developer mode, which adds 10 secs to boot time, then other hackery process to get going. Or, another option is booting up with Chrome OS and run Linux on top, again, not good.
you can read about the complexities here:
- How to install Ubuntu on Acer's $199 C7 Chromebook: ChrUbuntu is kind of a mouthful, but helps you get your money's worth. By Andrew Cunningham. @ http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/12/how-to-install-ubuntu-on-acers-199-c7-chromebook/
- How to Install Linux on a Chromebook and Unlock Its Full Potential By Whitson Gordon. @ http://lifehacker.com/how-to-install-linux-on-a-chromebook-and-unlock-its-ful-509039343
Running linux on Chromebook, tech detail https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Chromebook
Horror stories of running linux on chromebook. After a ChromeOS update, your Linux is screwed. Good luck recovering your data. October 19th, 2013. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2181898
Asus X200CA-HCL1104G 11.6 inch Touch Screen Laptop (Windows 8, 4GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, Black) amazon
Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, Haswell micro-architecture, 2GB) amazon