I am considering getting a notebook computer to install Linux on. How to I choose one so that I know its hardware will be supported by my Linux installation? Do I have to manually figure out what each component of a notebook is, then manually check to see if each one is supported by Linux? By the way, does the Linux distro matter in this case, or is it just kernel support that matters?
Some hardware features that are important to me (this is certainly NOT exhaustive list): effective power management, full graphics support (hardware acceleration, etc. etc.), fully utilised wireless, etc.