[sf-lug] laptop thoughts...

Blake Haggerty Blake.Haggerty at Sapphire.com
Thu Dec 13 11:18:15 PST 2007

I saw allot of recommendations for the IBM Thinkpad which is now essentially a Lenovo Laptop. From my experience in the past Thinkpads are superior laptops and it looks as though (from what I have read) that Lenovo is doing a great job keeping that going. The majority of their sales are in Taiwan and they have a huge Linux following there so Lenovo has worked hard to make their laptops compatible with Linux. Production has ramped up with  new manufacturing plants in Turkey and Mexico, due to the US campaign launch in '08. They already have deals in place for Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA...ETC to sell their laptops in the states at the beginning of '08.  


On a side note, I may be biased being a shareholder of this company. 



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-----Original Message-----
From:Mark K. Zanfardino mark at zanfardinoconsulting.com 
To: "Jim Cortez" ;
Cc: "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" ;
Sent: Dec 13, 2007 11:03:34 AM
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] laptop thoughts...

I realize I'm chiming in a bit late on this thread, but I would like to 
throw in my two-cents for Lenovo (ThinkPad) as a solid Linux platform. 
Now, I can only speak from personal experience, which to date is limited 
to just a few laptops including my newly acquired several-year-old T40 
equipped with the Pentium Centrino M processor (1.6GHz), 512MB RAM, 
14.1" display with integrated Intel video and wifi (full specs at 
I bought this from my wife's company (it was her laptop until they 
upgraded her) for a mere $140. I'm running Kubuntu Gutsy with all the 
eye candy (Compiz-fusion) and native support for the wifi (not 
ndiswrapper) and it works brilliantly! 

I should also say that I recently bought a Lenora R61 for my wife with 
the 14.4" (wide screen) with Intel Core-2 Duo (2.4 GHz), 2GB RAM and 
integrated Intel video and wifi. It came preloaded with Vista, which I 
promptly removed and installed (at my wife's request) Windows XP as well 
as Kubuntu Feisty. I haven't done much with the Feisty, but I'm 
planning to upgrade it to Gutsy and see if I can't get her to use it 
instead of the XP. Sadly she does rely on iTunes for her Nike pedometer 
software, so I'm not sure I'll be able to complete break here of XP. 
But I digress... 

As a platform for Linux it appears to me that the Lenovo produce line is 
a good one to look at, and from what I understand they are planning to 
ramp up production in the coming year, so availability ought good. 
Check em out. And buy local, if you can. 


Jim Cortez wrote: 
> I would recommend against Dell. In my experience, their case 
> construction on laptops is not very durable. if this machine is not 
> going to be used on the go, then please disregard. I have been running 
> Ubuntu on Thinkpads for a few years now and have never had any sorts of 
> problems. They have very solid case builds. More on the expensive side, 
> but really worth it. 
> Jim 
> Kristian Erik Hermansen wrote: 
>> How about one from Dell. Just max out the RAM... 
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