Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 23rd Mar 2009 11:37 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Go on, go around these gadget sites and read all that talk about netbooks and what not. Acer Aspire One this, MSI that, Dell Mini 9 this, Asus that. It feels like the second coming of laptops in this netbook revolution. But truth is, even back in 1999 you could find super-lightweight laptops in the market (for the right price). This 2005-released IBM Thinkpad X41 laptop that Geeks.com sent us, a well-known shop for computer parts, is one of the best Linux-compatible laptops you can buy today for cheap.
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Upgradability
by lproven on Mon 23rd Mar 2009 13:16 UTC
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2006-08-23

I run a Thinkpad X31 myself, bought for just under £200 from www.sterlingxs.co.uk - so this type of machine is available to UK readers too.

I found that when I upgraded from Ubuntu 8.04 to 8.10, suspend/resume started working, which it did not on the LTS release. So did Compiz, although horribly slowly. Hibernation still does not work, though.

One thing Eugenia does not mention is the upgradability of the machine. I put a 160GB 2½" EIDE drive in mine, but the X31 takes standard-sized notebook HDs. I have read that the X41 requires MP3-jukebox-type 1.8" drives - is this true?

And does it come with, or can it be bought with, a docking station? I paid another £30 for an Ultrabay station for mine, so I have a DVD-ROM drive and could install other OSs. Without one of these, the flexibility of the machine is much more limited. The docking station also can take an extra battery for doubled battery life - even more with an extended-sized battery.

Even with the docking station & the HD, it's a small cheap laptop, costing less than some "netbooks". (I have & am very fond of a real Psion netBook™, so I don't like to misuse the term.) It's much faster, with a bigger, better screen and keyboard, more expandability, more ports - and cost less! What's not to like?

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