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I love the Macbook Pro. It is a great hardware. The all aluminium without any screws is a turn-on :) . The display, keyboard etc make it awesomer.

Now, I'd love to buy a Macbook pro itself, but I am so used to working on Ubuntu being my primary development environment, I like it, and don't want to change.

Now, the question is, What other laptops are out there that have a hardware comparable to the Macbook pro; play well with Linux (drivers etc); and preferably ship without Windows

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You know that you can install Linux on a MacBook? (if the price is not an issue) – Felix Dec 17 '09 at 10:58
Yes, Ubuntu runs great on MBP hardware – warren Dec 22 '09 at 19:19
I'm pretty sure it has screws – roryok Oct 11 '13 at 13:40

If you must have Ubuntu, you can either install it natively or try VirtualBox and use an Ubuntu VM. Of course, could also give OS X a try. There are plenty of *nix hackers who use OS X as their main dev machine.

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+1. I dev primarily on a (slightly older) MacBook Pro, and my work ranges from OS internals to databases to iPhone apps. So far I haven't found anything a MacBook won't do (unless you're a Visual Studio dev). – Tim Jan 5 '10 at 4:55

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