advice for buying a laptop

Brian W. brian at
Wed Jun 8 20:07:35 UTC 2016

Any of the Lenovos with ThinkPad branding have a very good keyboard. They
are often very non windows OS compatible and a fine choice.

On Jun 8, 2016 10:39 AM, "Christian Baer" <christian.baer at>

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> Hey guy and gals! :-)
> For most of my life I have lived quite happily without a mobile computer
> (as in a laptop). I do own an 8" Android tablet which to me is more like
> a phone than anything else. It's not really good for writing longer text
> s.
> The future has it in for me in that I will traveling a fair bit among
> other things for my sports club. Because I need a computer on these
> trips I intend to buy a laptop within the next 6 weeks or so.
> It may be that I am strange, but I actually like the older T-Series by
> IBM or Lenovo much more than most newer machines. They have great
> keyboards and the machines themselves are hard to break. They are just
> built well. There is a store near where I live where they sell
> refurbished Laptops and they have a whole bunch of T520s there - which
> is exactly the model I am currently looking at. Since I am buying this
> with my own money, I don't mind spending a little less. :-)
> I don't care about gaming performance. That's not what I need it for.
> Most of my work will include writing (probably 80% TeX, lots of emails,
> some letters). There will be some work done specifically for my sports
> club (which requires special Windows software) - and yes, I will try to
> get it to run with wine. :-) There will be some Firefoxing and some
> video watching while I am on the train. This is the basic usage profile.
> I will be running a dual-boot system with Windows (hopefully 7) and I
> also want to run FreeBSD. This is where you guys come in. Laptops often
> contain evil hardware which will not work too well with Linux, BSD and
> the like because of missing or broken drivers. Will this be a concern
> with the T520? Even if the work I do would be possible in theory, I do
> not plan on working through a frame buffer!
> Here is some info about the laptop:
> Do you think that this machine will work well with FreeBSD on it? Is
> there some other machine I should take a look at? While looking around,
> I noticed the T520 and liked it (because I have used it before), but I
> don't know every model out there and thus I am open to suggestions.
> Thanks for your input and advice!
> Best regards,
> Chris
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