New programmer tools of the trade
It is kind of dependent on the program but you really don't need much. Any modern laptop with at least 4 cores and 16 GB of RAM should be sufficient. With that said though, I would opt for a laptop with 32 GB of RAM (or a laptop that you can upgrade to have that) in case you need to run VMs. 1 - 2TB of storage should be more than sufficient, most schools that I have attended have provided some sort of cloud storage like one drive/SharePoint or google drive. So you can place the bulk of your documents there.
For OS, check what your school is asking for and use it, (I am guessing they recommend Windows). The reason being you may need to run OS specific applications and if you need help/support you may not get it if you're running something other than was is recommended. When I did my schooling (online during the pandemic) we had to use a locked-down browser and it did not run on Linux and trying to run it in a VM is not worth the risk of being accused of cheating.
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