[TriLUG] new laptop
jjtuttle at trilug.org
Sat Sep 6 08:37:30 EDT 2008
I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 on my Thinkpad T60. I chose the integrated
Intel graphics, which uses the highly stable and free Intel driver and
supports sleep, hibernate, and Compiz. I also have the Intel wireless
chip which seems to get better reception than most everyone I sit next
to at conferences.
The T60 is really well supported by Ubuntu. CPU frequency scaling,
volume, mute, Thinklight (keyboard light), screen dimming buttons, auto
screen dimming on inactivity- in short, everything works. I did have
the fingerprint reader working, but decided it wasn't worth it to
re-enable it after reinstalling. Incidentally, I reinstalled only
because I wanted to encrypt the entire drive.
I have the 9 cell batter and get about 5 hours of batter life most of
the time. I think the Active Protection system works, too, to protect
the harddrive in case of a fall.
In case it wasn't obvious, I love this laptop. The keyboard is awesome.
It's light enough to carry and powerful enough to replace my desktop.
I haven't run another distro on it, but I can attest to the fact that
Ubuntu seem made for it. I've been thinking about an X200 or X300, but
I can't imagine it will provide a better experience than the T60.
jason tower wrote:
> i need a new(ish) laptop, something with a virt-capable cpu so i can run
> kvm. probably a t60/61, can i safely assume those play nice with recent
> distros? and if anyone has one for sale drop me a line :)
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