Laptop recommendations for 6.x

Kevin Oberman oberman at
Tue Feb 20 19:23:33 UTC 2007

> Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:15:12 +0000
> From: Nik Clayton <nik at>
> Sender: owner-freebsd-mobile at
> All,
> What's currently recommended as a FreeBSD laptop platform?
> I'm using an IBM/Lenovo T42 at the moment, but that's shortly going back, so:
> Things I like:
>    * Suspend to RAM works
>    * Nice enough keyboard
>    * Workable screen resolution (1024x768, big enough for four xterms)
>    * Reasonably light
>    * Has a dock -- makes things much easier
>    * 1.7GHz CPU is fast enough for my needs (web, e-mail, software
>      development)
>    * Trackpad
> Things I don't like:
>    * Battery life isn't great

I believe they make a 9-cell battery for the T42.

>    * Suspend to disk doesn't work

And is not going to until someone writes the suspend to disk software
for FreeBSD. Very few newer laptops do BIOS based suspend to
disk. It's moved to the OS in Windows, so manufacturers don't waste
money doing it any other way.

Several people have talked about it and a couple have promised to work
on it, but I have not seen anything real. The archives contain some
suggestions from jhb (I think) on how to get started, but it's not

>    * No WiFi

Get a cheap Atheros mini-PCI card. It is supported on the T42 BIOS and
works well on FreeBSD. Much cheaper then a new laptop.

I think it will be hard to find a laptop much better supported on
FreeBSD than the Lenovo T4x machines.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
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