Originally Posted by Johnboy1951
Video editing in particular is heavy on resources, so it seems what you need to do is to get the highest spec hardware in your price range.
If you can use a LiveCD or a LiveUSB of your intended distro to test the laptop before purchase, then that should indicate how compatible its hardware is.
though am also of the same thought,it isnt a given that live versions will indicate how compatible itll be with the hardware,or show how well it will run,have personaly found some live versions to be unworkable while the installed versions once updated runs with no compatibilityissues and are completely stable.
linux is like a cat,it will do what it wants to do and not what its human wants,if it wants to go crazy with a particular user or computer spec-it will do,but will put a bet on that there will be a number of people who dont have problems with the same combination,as is the complexity of linux and computing.
have installed many linuxes since the millenium year on a good few different PCs and laptops,and not one has ever presented with any big problems in terms of compatibility and recognition,have almost always stuck to mid range acer or toshiba laptops-as from own experience these have a tendency to work with no issues and are incredibly good builds [well,toshiba is-acer isnt as stable],plus theyre both good value if are not going to be looking to them for support.
not sure how much itd cost to ship to ireland,but woud recommend having a look on ebay-specificaly,look on the argos outlet store- http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Argos-Outlet
they have some great bargins on there for laptops,the one am using now- a acer ferrari one:
came from there december before last,the range was classed as returns/refurb,but there had been naff all wrong with this one and had got a lot of money off what they normaly cost plus it still had a big enough warranty.
-can recommend the ferrari one for those needs up to an extent,its perfect for linux/unix-have had ubuntu,gentoo,backtrack and freeBSD on it,but am sold on fedora lovelock at the moment and it runs exactly how want it to.
however,will need to get more than a allround mid range laptop to deal with optimum video editing as the main use; as johnboy said.
perhaps coud save up a bit more,or consider PCs [which have far better heat disipation for processor intensive tasks like regular video editing], and the second hand market as well.