Hello everyone! If this is in the wrong forum feel free to move it.
I was wondering if you guys could help me with some advice...if anything point me in the right direction. I'm an OSX user; I have experience with ubuntu and linux in general but I'm not what you'd call a power user--I'm into linux because of the light weight and the freedom...which is why I gravitated towards linux mint. Just as an experiment i threw it on an old VAIO that I found at work and I love it. I've been doing some research for a couple days and lurking on this forum and a lot of my questions have been answered---I still need some advice though.
The Laptop I want to build has the following guidelines:
-I need at least 4GB of ram, 8 is ideal but if not stock, I can just upgrade it.
-Not super concerned with graphics...they just have to work and look relatively smooth.
-HDD space isn't super important as long as I can upgrade at some point.
I am a computer musician and I work in Ableton Live. Here's the thing, I just read that Ableton Live now functionally works in Wine. If you are a Linux user who is familiar with the struggle to use Ableton in Linux, you know how exciting that is. If that is actually not the case, then I need to be able to virtualize either mac osx or windows in order to run it (at this price range, I'm assuming I'm going to have to go AMD processor to virtualize, correct me if I'm wrong).
I don't want to dual boot...I don't like doing it and I don't need an entire partition dedicated to just running Live and some VST's. Also worth mentioning, I need to be able to run my MIDI controllers via USB (both made by Novation) and I'm assuming I'd need to run those drivers in Wine as well...anyone know for sure?
Based on my requirements, I'm leaning towards a Gateway NV51B15U. I see on the boards that results are mixed as far as the success with these but I'm wondering if there are any computer musicians (or anyone) who have some experience that could help me out?