I am looking for a laptop without os. That is because I will install Linux. I found the cheapest laptop in dell with Windows is around $800. If there is a version without os and can be reduce around $100, I will consider to buy that. But there is not the case.
I am developing some personal software and use a number of operation systems, such as Linux, Windows XP & Vista and Windows Mobile. Yeah, the first name is hit on my head, Java. The virtual machine of Java can run various platform too and they has very very similar Look and Feel across various platforms. But my major language is C# at this moment. My solution is wvWidget. This a C++ GUI API library and can run in Win32, MacOS, Linux and WinCE(Windows Mobile). Moreover, it has a .Net Library. So I can develop the application via this library.
I tried to install Ubuntu on Virtual PC 2007. I can get around by lower down the screen resolutions to 800*600 and 16 bit color. But the mouse issues, the pointer integration won't work. Some people use keyword mouse option (i.e. use arrows as the mouse). This is not helpful me. Because I wish to use as development.