[GLLUG] Seemingly Simple Question

cehunter cehunter at gb-x.org
Wed Nov 4 08:37:15 UTC 2015

I have had exactly the obverse of your Lenovo experience. The company that I used to work for issued me with three different Lenovo laptops over the years, and all of them worked flawlessly - with only one issue: the old wi-fi problem. This used to have to be overcome by use of the Windows driver, but more recently, the drivers haven't been any trouble. I used several different distributions over the years - Mandrake,  Suse,  Ubuntu,  Mint, even PCLinuxOS - and had no problems at all. 

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From: Paul Hewlett <phewlett76 at gmail.com> 
Date: 04/11/2015  08:06  (GMT+00:00) 
To: The mailing list for the Greater London Linux User Group <gllug at mailman.lug.org.uk> 
Subject: Re: [GLLUG] Seemingly Simple Question 

I have a thinkpad w530 at work and it is probably the worst laptop for Linux(Ubuntu) that I have ever used. Rebooting is only successful about half the time. 
For my personal use I bought a dell xps15 after reading that dell installed Ubuntu for internal use... Everything works and I have had no trouble with it at all.
I would never use lenovo for Linux ... But YMMV
On 2 Nov 2015 10:58 pm,  <lists at boywithwings.co.uk> wrote:
Heya all,

I'm planning to get a Thinkpad, possibly after Christmas as my old i5 Macbook Pro is getting a bit rickety.

I'm thinking either a T410 or X220. The main goal would be a tough laptop that I could use for DJing and Music Production. Unfortunately this means I would have to run Windows on it (URGH UNCLEAN) to run some of the music software I rely. I would probably dual boot with Ubuntu Studio.

Those two Thinkpads are a great choice as they have Firewire 400, which I need for my current audio interface. All very legacy.

My question is mainly, which one do people recommend for my use case? I do a lot of lugging equipment around the UK (and Europe), so that would push me towards the X220.

I've seen the more expensive X220 occasionally for sale with a i7 but the T410 with only an i5. My Macbook has a dual core i5 with 8GB of RAM and 1TB hybrid drive and has a similar form factor to the cheaper T410. Would there be a big performance gap between the i7 X220 and the i5 T410? I will go for an SSD in either and a good trackpad is a must.

If anyone has any thoughts, preferences or suggestions, they'd be most appreciated!



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