What's the best way to find a laptop with hardware that is amenable to installing and running GNU/Linux? I'm looking for something that will ideally work with GPL'd drivers and/or firmware.
I took a quick look at linux-on-laptops.com, but they don't list some of the newer models for Lenovo, for example. Most of the test cases seem to be quite dated. Also, It's not clear where to start looking given so much information.
Unfortunately, the FSF website doesn't list many laptop possibilities. LAC, referenced from the FSF website, doesn't mention wireless connectivity as being a feature of their laptops, probably because of firmware issues.
I've been looking for a laptop that will accept the ath9k driver because those cards don't require firmware, but getting model type from generic specs pages is not always possible. Searching for lspci dumps online can be can be a roll of the dice.
And then there's the issue of what kind of graphics card is ideal from a FSF perspective. From the FSF website:
This page is not an exhaustive list. Also, some video cards may work with free software, but without 3D acceleration. This information should be considered very tentative -- we are doing our best to update it.
Does anyone know the details of what works and what doesn't? What good combinations are out there? What do you use? Where can I search? Or will I have to bite the bullet and use some proprietary packages?
Thanks in advance.