[Gllug] Linux laptops

Daniel P. Berrange dan at berrange.com
Mon Dec 5 23:44:39 UTC 2011

On Mon, Dec 05, 2011 at 11:17:31PM +0000, Avi Greenbury wrote:
> John G Walker wrote:
> > My years-old Thinkpad has died on me, so I need a new laptop. I only
> > use the laptop for word-processing, spreadsheets and web browsing, so
> > I don't need anything sophisticated.
> > 
> > What are the current suggestions for laptops running Linux?
> I know of several Lenovo Thinkpads on which Debian, Ubuntu and/or
> Fedora have Just Worked. Not so sure about the only-free-firmware
> Debians.

NB, ThinkPads have many different hardware configurations possible,
for the same basic model name. The thinkpad wiki is generally the
best place to go to find out about Linux support / potential problems
with specific hardware configurations


eg, my work laptop is a t500 currently for which works very nicely, 
but notice how many choices there are for things like wifi / video


Mine has an Intel 5100 wifi NIC which has long worked well with Linux


The other NIC choice for the t500 though is not so Linux friendly:


In summary, the ThinkPad platform is broadly very friendly to Linux,
but make sure you check the precise hardware configuration on the
wiki before purchasing

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