HP nx5000 Linux laptop no longer available; what is best MS-free Linux laptop ?

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I noticed at the HP Web site that the HP nx5000 Linux Suse 9.1 laptop
is no longer available.

Can you recommend an alternative Linux laptop, a laptop that has never
had an MS operating system or other MS software installed ?  (I don't
want to buy a laptop that has already paid a license fee to MS.)

My favorite applications are listening to radio over the Internet, VOIP
phone calls, playing/burning CDs and DVDs, loading and unloading
digital photos, e-mail, Web browsing (wireless nice but not essential),
Python progrmamming, etc.

Thank you for sharing your experiences, recommendations.

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