[FoRK] My old laptop has died. What's your favorite today?

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Tue Jun 24 02:20:59 PDT 2008

Thinkpad T61p here -- works beautifully under Ubuntu.  the only problems I
have are general OS bugs that affect other hardware, too, such as the
ever-present Linux sound server crappiness; everything else to do with the
hardware "just works".  (mind you I don't do much suspend/resume in the
current setup.)

Just to add to the "good service"/"bad service" cacophony:

About a month after the machine arrived, the hard disk developed write
errors.  As I note at http://taint.org/2008/02/08/181826a.html ,
I called Lenovo service (which is still being handled by the same
IBM team AFAICT) and they practically had a new one at my desk before I
hung up the phone ;)  Legendary service.

I've heard a lot of linux guys talking about running it on a Macbook Pro;
that was my other option, but on this count, everyone agrees -- their
service and support here in Ireland is absolutely fucking atrocious.


Luis Villa writes:
> I'm still very happy with my couple-years-old X40 tablet, and I've
> heard excellent things about the new X300:
> http://redmonk.com/sogrady/topic/laptops/
> Insert anecdote-as-data complaints about Lenovo service here, though.
> (Not that I've had any but I'm sure they'll come up.)
> Luis
> On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 7:52 PM, Russell Turpin <deafbox at hotmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >
> > My laptop refuses to power up. While there's some hope a new
> > converter will fix it, there is some possibility it is the power
> > supply. If the latter, ... well, I'll need a new one. what is your
> > favorite, for someone's main compute cycles?
> >
> > I'm not an Apple guy. But I suspect I'll move to Linux,
> > since Windows is moving to Vista. Give me two cores, lots
> > of memory, crystal clear display, comfortable keyboard,
> > slots for SxD cards, good wireless, and portability.
> >
> >
> >
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