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Feb. 3rd, 2007 | 05:53 pm

I'm shopping around for a new laptop. My Powerbook is getting a little long in the tooth and, more importantly, has a lot of troubles running Linux.

My new laptop has to be able to run Linux. In particular, the built-in wifi needs to work. I won't mind it if I'm forced to spend some time doing non-custom config, as long as it will work.

I'm going to have to travel a bit more than usual, so I want my new laptop to be smaller and preferably lighter than my 15" Powerbook... and I want good battery life too.

Now, looking around, the best value-for-money laptop appears to be the Macbook. If you take a similarly sized Dell and add features to it until you have a Macbook equivalent, then you'll end up paying more money.

I'm still not set on getting a Macbook -- I'm a little scared about Linux support.

What advice do you have for me, O reader?

Update: Someone recommended a Lifebook. More expensive, but all its innards are Intel, which makes for Linux goodness.

Update: People have asked me for figures. A
2.0GHz Macbook
with 1GB RAM and 120GB HDD costs AUD 2399. A similarly specced ThinkPad T60 costs AUD 3699. The ThinkPad X60 1706H7M costs AUD 3599. The Lifebook S6311 costs AUD 2999.

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Re: Go with Lenovo

from: blackjml
date: Feb. 5th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)

I saw a lot of people with Thinkpads at linux.conf.au, and they all looked like happy people. However, Thinkpad's are way more expensive than Macbooks. I've updated my main post with the details.

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Re: Go with Lenovo

from: mesozoic
date: Feb. 11th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)

That's strange. The prices may be different between countries (after you account for conversion); I remember when I was doing shopping a few months ago, Thinkpads came in around $250 cheaper (USD).

Either one is a sweet machine... I just can't get enough of the Thinkpad keyboard.

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Re: Go with Lenovo

from: blackjml
date: Feb. 11th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)

I just specced out a nice X60 on the Lenovo US website, similar to a black Macbook w/ 2G of RAM. With currency conversion, GST and $100 for postage, it works out to about $3000.

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