[ubuntu] New laptop I want to buy?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I am looking at an ibm thinkpad that has xp and can have up to 2 gigs of ram. I should be able to run gimp, notepad ++, wamp and filezilla on this machine. next semester in 6 months I'm going to be using microsoft visual studio 2008 professional. Will the computer be able to change from wamp to iis and be able to run the visual studio program. I want it to have at least a 500gb hard drive so I can install ubuntu to. (Hardware)