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I want a Lenovo Laptop. And I want to run Linux...

2012-04-11, 0:02 AM

I have always had great experience w/ Lenovo Thinkpad Laptops in the past but have always bought second hand.  I am in the process of shopping for a NEW laptop of my very own after recently picking up windows notebooks for my wife and daughter. 

 

I am wondering if folks could steer me in the right direction.  I want to spend UNDER $700 US and want to run Linux on a laptop that is preferably smaller than 14 inch. 

 

Any guidance is appreciated.

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09-12-2011

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Re: I want a Lenovo Laptop. And I want to run Linux...

2012-04-11, 0:46 AM

I would suggest you download the LiveCD/DVD image of the distro of your choice and burn a copy.  Take that copy with you to your local Lenovo dealer and ask if you can boot the LiveCD/DVD to confirm compatibility with that distro.  You should be able to confirm that the LiveCD/DVD is running properly with all the features you want this way.

 

I took this approach when I purchased my Z560 a few months ago.  This lead to my purchase for a little over $600, but as this is a 17" model you might not be interested in it.  Keep in mind that the keyboards differ between the models and that the 17" models have a full keyboard with number/cursor pad that is unavailable on smaller models.  I am quite happy running linux Mint 11 Katya - x64 edition on this unit.  Depending upon your timing and preferences you may want to wait a little longer for the next Ubuntu LTS release to come out on 26 April.  The next mint release will be based on it a short time afterwards.

 

Dave

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10-11-2011

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Re: I want a Lenovo Laptop. And I want to run Linux...

2012-04-13, 14:32 PM

I have two recent Lenovo machines, a T420 and a T520. Both run Linux as the primary operating systems. Prior to that I ran Linux as primary os on an Asus W7.

 

If you "just want it to work," here is some advice:

 

1. Less is more. Features like Bluetooth and WiMax and so on are nice, but you have to be prepared to mess with them a great deal to make that work the way you want to or expect.

 

2. NVidia Optimus and so on - like the above, the new kernels support it, but the distributions don't have any GUI support or easy way of making it "just work" for you yet.

 

My machines are all:

 

Sandy bridge (2nd gen i5 or i7)

Integrated Video

No Bluetooth, fingerprint readers, blah blah blah

7200 rpm hard drives

 

Effectively, they are base models, with the highest res screens I could find. With some tweaks, they get better battery life in Linux than they do on Windows, standby/hibernate/power savings all work, they're stable, and they're FAST. They have no problems playing videos or doing anything else, and while the integrated/shared memory video has some drawbacks, it does work just fine.

 

If you end up getting a system with a dedicated graphics card, that will work as well, but the switch back and forth on-the-fly video stuff will get you tripped up in current distributions.

 

ETA: I think I picked up my T420 with an i5 2.5 GHz, 4 GB, a 320 gb hdd, and a 14" HD+ screen for about $800 last fall. You might be able to find that in the price range you're looking for now. If you can live with the lower res 1366x768 screens, Ideapads are going to have more choices in your price range, and some say they're nicer to look at.

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02-18-2012

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Re: I want a Lenovo Laptop. And I want to run Linux...

2012-04-30, 18:15 PM

FWIW:

 

I have a w520 and I keep the current Ubuntu Distro, so right now I am on 12.04, and I think the only hiccup I really ever had was the touch pad would turn off sometimes, I don't remember what I did anymore other than edit the config file, now it hangs for like 5 seconds when you login but other than that it's great! Obviously with Optimus I just run it in discrete mode, I get around 4 hours battery life and I have the 9-cell, I always have brightness up all the way though.  

 

Here's my specs:

 

System Specs:
Lenovo w520, Memory: 8 gigs ram,Graphics: Quadro 2000M/PCIe/SSE2, Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-2640M CPU @ 2.80GHz × 4 (2 real, 2 virtual)

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04-12-2012

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Re: I want a Lenovo Laptop. And I want to run Linux...

2012-05-02, 22:24 PM

Hi,

 

 

Myself, I use a Lenovo Thinkpad E420, 8GB of RAM, 13 inches, and Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS run perfectly!

It cost 720$, but maybe you could find it for a cheaper price. ;)

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06-06-2011

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Re: I want a Lenovo Laptop. And I want to run Linux...

2012-05-07, 5:15 AM

I agree with homeyclaus.  Just like buying a car, if you opt for fewer gizmos, you will have fewer issues.

 

I have enjoyed using Linux on my Lenovo laptops.  I do not think I've had any issues I could not fix with some web research.  Most always, it was display resolution or wireless.  Often, I had to learn a little bit about how things worked better, which is not a horrible side effect.  I have found the T-series Thinkpads to be especially good (partly because of integrated graphics).

 

Perhaps the three most difficult things to get figured out with Linux (or computing, generally) are wireless networking, graphics, and printing.  Needless to say, Windows has much more $upport for driver$ in these areas due to market $hare.

 

-JV474

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04-10-2012

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Re: I want a Lenovo Laptop. And I want to run Linux...

2012-05-07, 11:20 AM
Thanks for all of the advice. I ended up buying a secondhand Thinkpad X60. Maxed out the RAM, added an SSD, and it screams with Debian Squeeze installed.
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10-11-2011

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Re: I want a Lenovo Laptop. And I want to run Linux...

2012-06-06, 20:52 PM

g470 works fine once patched ACPI ...

 

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http://rzr.online.fr/q/lenovo# g470 s103t
Lenovo G470 | Model Name : 20078 | M fg Date: 11/03/23 | BIOS: 40CN23WW(V2.09) 06/20/2011 | CPU: i5-2410M | Linux version 3.3.4lenovog470+ (root@lap) (gcc version 4.6.3 (Debian 4.6.3-4) ) #8 SMP Tue May 1 10:23:48 CEST 2012
OS:GNU/Linux/Debian


Lenovo S10-3t | Model Name : 0651 | Mfg Date: 2010/06/08
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