Hardware for running Linux

Amen brother!

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It’s pretty incredible how popular something like the x200 -x220 still is. Up until the x230 they still had the old kb’s and those machines still keep purring like kittens. They were built to last a life time and it was easy acess to fix anything that broke. Just incredible to see users still asking to buy these ones. They are like 10 ++ years old now

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I do have a Thinkpad T60 upgraded to a 64bit CPU more RAM + SSD is working like a baby with EOS (i3)


As many forum members watch this thread and ask themselves:
Why in heavens some random guys are so die hard fans of some brand or models?
Well, years ago I was in their place, asking myself why a guy which I know was soo ecstatic about ThinkPads, felt like some other brand cult.
Thing is I work as a computer technician and I fix laptops for a living. Over the years, I became so fond of the simple and outstanding features of engineering built in those machines, and the fact the the manufacturer gave you a list with the spare parts and other parts from another model compatible with yours, was the cherry on the cake.
Bought my first ThinkPad in 2009 was a X200s, which to this day runs perfectly sold it to my mechanic.
Nowadays I own an X220, X230 and a heavy Frannkenpaded T440p.
Since 2009 I distro-hopped continuously, so I’ve tested Linux on those machine heavily.
Not a single issues with ThinkPads, not one. Maybe I’m extremely lucky, but having a simple laptop and install Linux on it just works.
As Tom from Lawrence Systems said : ThinkPads and Linux is a match made in Heaven.
Sorry for the worship, let myself carried away


For me is a part, a Golden Fist Rule. Not too new. had always old pc’s. Maybe here and there some glitch. personal not so fond of Laptops thats subjective. Now a days linux runs on most machines , i think atleast. And sure there are brands thats quicker to share there hardware info.

This desktop i bought this year but hardware wise is not so new, just wat i need. And this time also focussed on Amd before i was using intel/nvidia combo. Experiences can be subjective too dont know why but between same models of systems you can have variety different issues :slight_smile:

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I run linux on:

Dell PowerEdge T30:

Everything works great!

Lenovo ThinkCentre M710q:

Everything works! One running Windows. Sorry! :wink:

Some HPE servers:

OpenMediaVault on them for backups.


I am on my second Acer laptop on linux and it works flawlessly, love my laptop. Lots to write home about actually.

Edit to add: I am not sure why people buy hybrid laptops, unless you are a true gamer with little space, but I bet that percentage is small. I always build my desktop PC for gaming, and always buy an intel cpu/gpu laptop, and that has no driver issues on linux.

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If i bought a new laptop right now it would be Ryzen 7 4700U HP

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I was wondering at this point if you know laptops that you can’t run Linux on. Linux drivers for laptops are pretty good these days.
I had good experiences with:

  • a 2008 Sony Vaio (Core2Duo P8400/Radeon HD3600) - Only tested Ubuntu and Mint, about 6 years ago on it.
  • a 2012 Samsung NP900X4D ( i5-3317U) - Ran Antergos and EndeavourOS perfectly
  • a 2019 MSI Prestige 15 (i7-10710U/GTX1650) - Runs Manjaro and EndeavourOS perfectly except fingerprint sensor (which I don’t use so I didn’t even research to see if it could be made to work)

That’s already Sony, Samsung and MSI.
Add Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Asus and HP already mentioned in this very thread and you already have most major brands.

Maybe we are past the times when installing Linux on a laptop was a hit or miss and having a bad experience is rather an exception?

Ok there is still a struggle to install Nvidia (although there’s a lot of guides out there for enabling hybrid graphics, and there’s also video drivers installers like EndeavourOS and also Manjaro has), and some quirks to get past some BIOS “optimizations”, but once that bridge is crossed it’s smooth sailing.

I’ve got every piece of hardware that I’ve thrown at my Linux OSes recognized (except that sensor I was talking about), wacom tablets, phones, usb-c docks, wireless mice and keyboards, printers, you name it.

Has anyone configured their fingerprint readers, and if so, how well does it work?

I have one, but have never taken the time to see if it works/supported/find out how to install, etc. Not a big priority or necessity really for me, just curious. I know Ubuntu in their latest release has done more with it, supported more devices, etc., one of their selling-points.

This HP has on one it also and i was wondering too how well it works. What does yours show for the device?


Edit: I was looking at the setup here. Maybe you can try it out.

It seems mine is supported now. That was not the case in the past.

04f3:0c03 ElanTech Fingerprint Sensor

I do use SDDM as my login manager, which requires extra warnings and finagling. I will have to properly back it up before attempting.

I was looking at the wiki. I don’t know anyone who has mentioned a fingerprint reader here.

With good reason. I said f-it, I am trying it. I did everything the wiki stated, registered my fingerprint, made the appropriate additions to the ‘sddm’ and ‘kde’ files and now I can’t get into my laptop. :rofl:

I will have to find a LiveDisk and go in and reverse my additions. :confounded:

Oh Oh… sorry that happened. I hope you can get in and reverse it? :grimacing:

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Did you happen to get back your settings from the fingerprint reader trial?

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Yes, fortunately. I just used a LiveUSB and then altered the two files back. However, if someone was using an encrypted drive, not sure if that would have worked. Maybe SSH in or something?

Anyway, all is good! :wink:

Well I’m glad you didn’t bork anything. A lot of new laptops have these fingerprint readers on them so eventually I’ll come across someone who is using it maybe?

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Like you I am a computer technician, having been fixing PCs since '94. Here in New Zealand the brand to avoid IMNSHO is HP; their consumer models are utter crap, and sold by the pallet load to unsuspecting consumers. It go to the point that a potential client would call , telling me their computer broke, no longer powering on, and I could tell them it was an HP.
So up-to-date my recommendations: Lenovo, just as you say. Dell is fine for their laptops, desktops not so much. Older Acers are fine, but their hardware is fragile and nasty ( I was an Acer service agent for a few years; it was a painful experience ). Asus is a mixed bag - I currently run a ROG STRIX 3 with EOS, and it’s mainboard is right now being replaced because the network card is bad. It was also finicky about requiring GRUB switches to make everything work properly. Asus desktop mainboards are awesome. MSI gaming laptops are troublesome. ASROCK desktop boards are troublesome. Anything running nVidia is a PITA.

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Oh yes, until recently I had an MSI GT72-6QD Dominator with both integrated graphics and an Nvidia GTX970M, but instead of optimus it had a physical button to switch gpu’s…
Had to do some janky stuff to get that button to work. Not even mentioning the rgb backlight of the keyboard.

Luckily I’ve been smart enough to sell the damn thing (don’t game much anyway) and get something with a decent battery life instead.

Now I’m running vanilla Arch on a Huawei Matebook D14 with an AMD Ryzen 3500u, and everything works great, except for the fingerprint sensor.

I also have an older Dell Latitude E7450 running EndeavourOS I3, which I keep around to learn some coding on. Keyboard on that laptop is just heavenly.
It might not be a Thinkpad, but it might be the next best thing.
Doesn’t matter what distro I throw at it, it all just runs fine.

As desktop PC I am running an 11 year old Dell T5500 workstation, that is actually my old workstation I used at my workplace.
It has a dual socket motherboard with 2 hexacore Xeon X5660’s, 32gigs of ram and a GTX 1650.
It’s a power hungry beast, but even despite her age, she still performs really well for graphical work.
Just recently treated her to a new EOS install too…

When I don’t want to sponsor the electric company, but I want to sit at my desk to do some light computing, I use my Odroid N2+. I’ve allways been running ArchlinuxARM on it with i3, but since yesterday it’s running the new release of EOS-Arm with only minor hickups