A lot of Linux lovers have converted notebook computers to run the Linux operating system since it is so efficient and requires fewer hardware resources to run than Windows based laptops. OSNews has written a nice article about optimizing Debian on a notebook computer to get the best possible user experience with the capable Linux distribution. One of the most interesting recommendations- get an older refurbished notebook to use with Debian. These are not only cheaper but since they have been on the market longer there is a much greater likelihood you will find all the Linux drivers you need for the various hardware components. Good advice and the article is chock full of other tidbits just like this.