[ubuntu-uk] New netbook?

Bruno Girin brunogirin at gmail.com
Sun Oct 5 08:49:41 UTC 2014

On 4 October 2014 18:46, Barry Drake <ubuntu-advertising at gmx.com> wrote:

> Thanks.  That seems very good.  I'm tempted.  I gather there are no
> compatibility problems at all?  Did you take a backup of Windows in case it
> had to go back under warranty?

I've had IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads for the last 10 years and they've all run
Ubuntu brilliantly. Thinkpads are one of the safest choices to run Ubuntu
(or any Linux distro): it generally just works. Other things I like about
Thinkpads that may be of interest:
- They are designed to withstand the bashing received by being constantly
carried around on the road in bags that are not always perfectly padded
(the most efficient way to kill them is to pour hot coffee on the keyboard
but otherwise you need to apply a lot of force to do any damage: no cheap
plastic on those),
- Their keyboards are very good. Even the new Lenovo ones that have a
chiclet keyboard rather than the old IBM keyboard are very comfortable to
- You can usually find maintenance sheets online that tell you everything
you need to know in order to service them and it's usually a case of
removing a small number of standard screws to get to the innards. In
particular, replacing the HDD/SSD, RAM, keyboard or individual keys is
considered standard maintenance that anybody can do as long as they have a
Phillips screw driver and are not afraid to use it.

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