[ubuntu] Ubuntu compatibility on Dell Alienware M18x

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I did not find a thread that actually answered my question, and did not find much on the web about it. I am not a gamer, but simply am looking to get a M18x for the stats. I am a scientist and do a lot of image editing (for manuscript figures), work on huge papers with references stored in the document (my dissertation), and also present HD image heavy presentations. I want something that can handle all of that. I understand many people do a dual-boot option for gaming, but I am (and would like to remain) all Ubuntu. I also understand that they are very expensive and heavy, however, this is (Hardware)