[Nottingham] Looking for a new Linux laptop (& Libreboot freedom from Google?)

Graham Dicker graham.dicker at antecor.com
Fri Jun 3 13:03:43 UTC 2016

On Thursday 02 Jun 2016 12:42:57 Martin via Nottingham wrote:
> On 02/06/16 08:52, Graham Dicker via Nottingham wrote:
> > I have ordered a Lenovo IdeaPad 100S. It should arrive today.
> Graham,
> Hope you can soon give us a positive review, or at least a personal
> view! ;-)

It's a perfectly decent machine, although I wouldn't like to have to do a lot 
of typing on the flat clicky keyboard. One good point compared to other similar 
machines is: it has separate left and right mouse buttons. On some you press 
the corners of the track pad and I didn't like the feel of that.
I had only a microSD card of 256 MBytes capacity to do any Linux testing with 
so I put an iso of Damn Small Linux on it as a test case. However, it turns 
out that to boot from a memory stick or microSD card it has to have a 32 bit 
UEFI boot loader and I have no clue how to do that yet.
Before I decided to buy a cheap laptop, I checked that the SLR camera 
controller program I want to use (pkTriggerCord) and which has been cross 
compiled for Windows, works OK. I tested it on my grandson's Windows machine. 
I'm glad to say it also works on the new machine (phew!). Because my holiday 
is now only a few weeks away, and the whole point of the new machine is to use 
it for holiday photography, I shall put up with Windows pro tem.


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