Which Dell laptop for Linux 2111
The real issue with Linux has been, is, and always will be the availability of hardware device drivers for your computer in whatever distro you choose. Been that way since my first Linux encounter way back when.
If drivers are not baked into the distro, then you are faced with the prospect of hunting them down and installing them manually. Worst case, drivers do not yet exist for some very new hardware.
The consequence of this is that I would not advocate buying the newest latest greatest laptop (or any other computer) and having blind faith that any Linux distro will install cleanly. You are better off buying a laptop that has been in production for at least a few months, to give the Linux software driver writers a chance to do the drivers. Maybe even a used refurb laptop with warranty from a reputable source is a safer choice for Linux.
Which Dell laptop for Linux 2112
I run both Fedora & Gentoo on my D610, although a couple items didn't work initially (I got the D610 close to its launch), all the issues were fixed well within...
Do your homework in advance. Make a list of exactly which chips are in the laptop you are considering. Then find out what you can about chipset support in various Linux distros. The important chipsets are motherboard, video, audio, network.
This is really no different than installing a version of Windows on a computer, though, is it? ... Ben Myers