[GLLUG] Seemingly Simple Question

T Menezes tm.onthemove at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 08:48:23 UTC 2015

Hi Leo

I have a Thinkpad X220 that I have been dual-booting into Ubuntu for the
last 2 years (currently on 14.04 LTS). Ubuntu has always run out of the box
with no driver issues ever. My laptop does not have an in-built Firewire
port though.

Take a look at http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ThinkWiki for information on
Linux compatibility and set up examples.

By the way, http://www.tier1online.com (no affiliation, just a happy
customer) sell used Thinkpads in really good nick.


On 2 November 2015 at 22:57, <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!
> Leo
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