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  • by autarch (914) on 2008.08.20 16:45 (#64525) Homepage Journal
    Yes, Ubuntu does work great on laptops. I have a Thinkpad X61s and everything works (wireless, graphics, suspend, etc).

    The key with Linux is to do your research before buying a system, and that goes triply for laptops. There's a combination of laptop makers who want to support Linux and hardcore hackers who like certain laptops that's made Lenovo Thinkpads and Dells the best bet, from what I can tell.

    No doubt other models will work too, but you have to do research and make sure you get the model with the right chipsets (especially for wireless) and such. Do that research and you should be able to get something that works great.

    For what it's worth, both the X61s I have and my wife's T61 work great with Ubuntu. The X61s has great performance and gets about 4.5 hours of battery life using the extended battery (and that's with wireless on).
    • Yep - using an R61i here, and everything just works.

      It's been a couple of years since I last owned a Linux laptop, and the difference in the user experience is incredible. I really would recommend Linux to non-hackers now (my criterion was always "never even need to be aware that XF86Config exists").