[ltp] Suggested models?
Wed, 31 Dec 2003 10:44:13 +0000
On Wednesday 31 Dec 2003 9:57 am, Anthony Olszewski wrote:
> Are there Thinkpad models that are particularly good for Linux?
> Are there Thinkpad models that don't work well with Linux?
> Is one flavor of Linux better than another?
Yes, there are huge differences between the different distros,
ranging from "easy-for-novices-to-get-started-with" to
"requires-technical-knowledge-and-lots-of spare-time". Some contain
only FOSS s/w and can be freely given away (e.g. mandrake, debian)
others contain proprietary code and have licences which restrict
distribution e.g. Suse, RedHat.
Take a look at DistroWatch http://www.distrowatch.com for lots more
detail. I just checked the url and see that they have an article on
choosing a distro at the top of the page right now. Could be worth
I use mandrake 9.2 which is a
T series Thinkpads have a good reputation.
I have a Thinkpad T23. This is a solid reliable laptop with a decent
spec and there are lots of them available on ebay as corporates
upgrade. They were shipped with a three-year warranty and mine does
not expire until May 2006 for example. IMHO the T23 is a good
balance of price/spec plus the usual IBM build quality/support.
With Mdk 9.2 pretty much everything worked from the start without
setting-up e.g. sound, network, pcmcia, X-windows (needed a driver
installed in 9.1 but not in 9.2), USB and the function buttons
affecting volume, screen brightness and reading light. I'm still
playing with suspend/resume but it works although with a few