Best Linux Laptop

Richard Esplin richard-lists at
Sat Jan 5 14:51:40 MST 2013

I'll be replacing my machine early next year, and have not been impressed with any of the options on the market right now.

I bought a W510 a couple of years ago and it has been a good machine, though not as solid as my T61p. The screen is great, and I really like the keyboard and three-button touchpad. But it tends to run hot, and the Linux support is not flawless like the T61 was.

I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of Lenovo support. Hold times have always been pretty short, and they sent a field technician to replace the fan assembly for me when I first got the machine (it helped, but it still runs hot).

Build quality for the Lenovo's appears to be getting worse over the years. I really liked my Thinkpad Tablet until a month after the warranty expired when the power button failed. Reading on the forums, it looks like shoddy connectors on the motherboard that only outlasted the warranty because I was careful with the device. <arg>

I'm thinking about getting my next laptop from System76:

It looks comparable to my current machine, and cheaper than what I paid Lenovo. I bought a nettop from System76 that has served well ( I really love having perfect Linux support. They aren't staffed for 24x7 global on-site support, but they were very helpful the two times I needed to call them (once was just to find out specs for a memory expansion because I was too lazy to crack the case).

I hope you share the results of your research.


On Saturday January 5 2013 14:22:36 Stuart Jansen <sjansen at> wrote:
> I love my T61p, but it's gotten a bit long in the tooth. What would you
> recommend as a replacement? My priorities are:
> - Linux compatibility
> - build quality
> - rocking warranty
> - high resolution screen
> Note that price and weight aren't major concerns. I'm willing to pay
> around $3000 if I can get high quality and a four year warranty. And I
> doubt anything will ever again tip the scales like my old HP zv5000.
> I've looked and looked but nothing available today seems to compare to
> the T61p. I have a 17" MBP for work and the build quality is decent, but
> the keyboard and trackpad are meh, and Apple's warranty options are only
> okayish not rocking. Lenovo's W540 looks decent but a step below my
> beloved T61p. Nothing from HP or Dell inspires me. What have I missed?

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