[arch-general] Off-topic: Good laptop to run Arch on?

Evgeny Burmentyev vir.found at gmail.com
Sat May 22 11:55:32 EDT 2010

On Sat, May 22, 2010 at 04:33:36PM +0100, Magnus Therning wrote:
> It's that time for me again... my desktop is getting long in the tooth so I'm
> starting to look around for a replacement.  This time I thought I'd also
> include laptops in my search.  However, with laptops it's difficult to find
> out just how well they work with Linux.  Are all the built-in devices,
> webcams, fingerprint scanners etc, fully supported?  Is the power management
> (ACPI) fully supported?  Etc, etc...
> In the past I've heard good things about Linux on IBM's ThinkPads.  But I've
> heard some VERY bad things about getting Linux working well on Lenovo's recent
> models.
> So, I resort to ask for advice on this mailing list.
> What laptops should I have a look at?
> Is there some brand (Dell, HP, ...) that is more Linux friendly than others?
> /M
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I'd consider any Lenovo Thinkpad, except for SL series. There is a very
friendly article about their drivers -
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Drivers . The only thing, that SL series
has, and the other ones don't, is HDMI interface. So, if it's essential
for you, then Thinkpads won't suffice.

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