I have been on the hunt for a netbook or ultrabook for the last few weeks that would allow me to get out of the house and work on a project that mainly requires a lot of writing and not much else.
This morning I ran across someone selling this little 12 inch Thinkpad X60. A little google-fu had me convinced that Linux support was good enough, so I tossed Ubuntu 12.04 Beta on a USB stick w/ Unetbootin (this little guy has no optical drive) and asked the seller to meet me at Starbucks.
That was an hour ago. I am now sitting here running Update Manager after a full install w/o leaving the Starbucks table. Everything seemingly works right off the bat aside from the fingerprint reader. What a long way we've come. This would have been way more difficult in the not so distant past.
Current Linux Setup
Sweet! BTW, there are a few packages in the repos that might bring your fingerprint reader to life. Unfortunately the one in my new laptop is not supported. But, I hear good things about linux support and Thinkpads.
I love the ThinkPad X series. I've used a X200 and X220 at work, both great machines. Good Linux support, although I never got the fingerprint reader to work. I've read that it's easier to get working on older models like the X60. I think ThinkPad's history of good Linux support was due to the fact that they use to sell machines that ran SUSE. I'm not sure that's still that case since Lenovo bought the IBM desktop/laptop business . . . but Linux support is great on pretty much anything these days anyway, so it doesn't matter as much as it used to.
Distro: Crunchbang on laptops, Arch on the desktop, Debian on servers
DE/WM: awesome & openbox
I've got a thinkpad x1 with fedora the finger print reader works out of the box. I'm on arch right now and I haven't bothered to install the fingerprint reader - but I know there are drivers and software in aur that works.
This makes me want to try to get the finger print reader on my Elitebook (HP) up and running in Fedora. I will report my findings...
You can't take the Sky from me
I just got fingerprinted a few months ago. Had to renew my hazardous material endorsement on my Commercial drivers license and the place was using a computer fingerprinting program. I should have asked what operating system it was running on.
It didn't look like Fedora, nor Ubuntu.
Last time I got fingerprinted the old fashioned way was a long time ago, and it had nothing to do with a drivers license or a handgun permit.
Sixthwheel wasn't always the squeecky clean young man that you see here in these forums.
Sixthwheel's album of the week.
Heh! Mugshot or it didn't happen.
As I tend to do w/ these things, I have been obsessing over getting this 6 yr. old laptop to a level where it can hang with the big dogs. Packages arrived at my doorstep (I keep selling off old hardware to finance this little adventure)…. 4GB RAM, 120GB SSD, dock/port replicator have arrived, and a better battery on the way. All this because the form factor is just perfect. Keyboard is 97% size. 12.1 inch 4:3 screen. 3 pounds…
Went to a very small footprint Debian Squeeze install and it flies so far. Probably stick w/ Gnome 2 (just the core) for now and sometimes drop into an Openbox Session for kicks.
Current Linux Setup