I wrote a blog post about the dangers of focusing too much on hardware specs to predict performance when choosing hardware. In my experience many other factors (such as the software the hardware will run) have much more of an impact. Focusing on specs alone incentivizes bad practices like planned obsolescence and disposable hardware.



Heh. For a while, I was using a Thinkpad x200 as my primary laptop. It worked great with Debian+XFCE. The reason I had to buy a newer laptop is because when I went to school, Zoom absolutely cripple the poor thing.

@kop316 Yeah in my experience the apps that cause the most problems end up being proprietary ones primarily developed on proprietary platforms that are on this upgrade treadmill. I suspect the developers only test on top-of-the-line hardware, and get new gear every year or two.


It wouldn't surprise me at all. I miss that laptop. I paid $150 for that laptop and put in a 200$ SSD in it. I really liked it since if I lost it or broke it, the pain of losing that SSD would be worse than the laptop, and no one messed with it.

@kop316 I know what you mean, I used a Thinkpad X200s for about six years (with a RAM and disk upgrade along the way) before I got the first gen Librem 13 for my personal laptop. And I used that Librem 13 until I replaced it with a Librem 5 + lapdock.

I have to say the X200 was the last of its kind when it came to keyboard quality (although to me the X60 was even better). Everything since, Thinkpad and otherwise, has been a step down.


Heh. Have you seen this?


I bought their x2100, that is my current main driver.

@kop316 I would have probably considered the X2100 myself if I didn't have Purism gear as an option. In general I like the idea of breathing new life into old, perfectly great chassis with the addition of a new motherboard.

The T series was always too big for me (even the X series and 13" laptops in general are pushing it), but I'd love to see this done for an X60 or X60T, however unlikely.

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