[ltp] Suggested models?

Mitch Maltenfort linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Wed, 31 Dec 2003 06:36:35 -0500 (EST)

On Wed, 31 Dec 2003, Anthony Olszewski wrote:

> Are there Thinkpad models that are particularly good for Linux?

Check out www.linux-laptop.net for war stories, arranged by make and
model.  I bought my R32 because it had a good rep there and I've been

And remember that 'good' or 'bad' is time-variant, as driver development
catches up to hardware development.  For that reason, you may be better
off not getting the latest hardware.  Also, slightly older models tend to
be cheaper.. :^>
> Are there Thinkpad models that don't work well with Linux?
> Is one flavor of Linux better than another?
> --

Define "better."

Easier to install and manage for a relatively new person -- Mandrake
usually gets top marks, with Red Hat close behind.

Better suited to particular computers -- each distro updates at a
different rate, so each one will have different drivers in its latest
version.  You can usually get the latest software by going directly to
that program's home page, and downloading the tarball.  (If you're asking
'what is a tarball' I advise Mandrake or Red Hat.  I'm inferring from your
questions you're relatively new to Linux).

And of course, sometimes you're better off with an older version of a
driver, as the "bleeding edge" software may be incomplete, undependable,
or have disrupted a function reliable in the prior version.  (You probably
have experienced this with Microsoft products).  Again -- web sites
usually have a few older versions archived.

OK, soaked up enough bandwidth here...