I've been looking into more rugged laptops since yesterday since my toshiba laptop I bought in Dec finally broke(weak hinges). Right now I'm using an old gateway from 2006, which I was able to install lubuntu on from the default windows vista. It runs pretty fast for the majority of what I'm doing right now, even though its an slow 4200rpm HDD and a t2250 cpu 2 cores 1.73GHz cpu. Infact there doesn't seem to be much of a noticeable drop in speed compared to my i7 4700hq laptop running windows 8.1. It seems software bloat is making the need for more powerful technology for the majority of consumers. http://www.freeinfosociety.com/site.php?postnum=782 It seems that even older rugged laptops such as cf 30 or cf 53, may be better to get than to get a new laptop with better specs, and just put the difference into either a nice home workstation/rent a dedicated server and rdp/vnc/ssh to it do the resource heavy workloads. Many of the new laptops I see, seem to be built to break down easy compared to the older laptops(even non rugged laptops.) Out Vents are pointed down on an angle, instead of more straight out. Laptop screen hinges have been made smaller while the bottom of the screen goes behind the back of the laptop instead of being on the edge. Cases seem to be weaker and can get cracks with barely putting any pressure on it.