I recently got a new notebook for work. After virtually no deliberation, I knew I’d get a Thinkpad. I’ve always had Thinkpads and mostly loved them. While not cheap, they’re built like tanks, very well thought out, and often run Linux very well.
I’ve owned a 380D, 600E, T23, T43p, and a T61. I really wanted the X301, since a few coworkers have it and swear by it. But Lenovo stopped making it and I toyed with the idea of buying one from a retailer which still had some in stock. The “Edge” series was interesting but the 13″ model had one fatal flaw: the glossy screen. I can’t fathom why people want those, but to each his own. I’m a matte screen kind of guy.
After finding the T410s (the little brother of the T410) I was intrigued. I read a lot about compatibility with Linux and was thrilled to see that Ubuntu 10.10 should “just work” out of the box.
I wiped the drive (a 128GB SSD–I’m never getting a “normal” hard disk in a notebook again) and installed the 64bit Ubuntu 10.10 desktop. It all works: sound, wifi, video, webcam, trackpad, bluetooth, you name it!
So far I’m loving this little machine (and the nice touches in Ubuntu 10.10 as well). It’s just the right size, weight, and performs amazingly well.