@sir I’m a software developer who uses a Mac as their daily driver and has experience using Linux on the command line. I want to get a new laptop, but Macbooks are too expensive and Windows is gross, so I’m thinking of getting a laptop and installing Linux on it. Are there any guides you can recommend for getting started with GUI Linux/what distro would you recommend?
@gbear605 older Thinkpads are good. Try the Thinkpad T520, or X200 if you want something lighter weight
@aminb The X200T is Libreboot'able, but not easily. The X200 isn't too bad - that was the first machine I externally flashed the bios on, though my Coreboot'ed X230 is my daily driver.
@aminb I think the procedure for the X200s and the X200t is more or less the same. There's no clip that works for their bios chips.
@aminb You can buy a cheap usb flasher for a few bucks, and the appropriate pomona clip (you'll have to check the chip first), and good deals come up on eBay. I got an X200T for $15 a few weeks back (no drive, 3Gb, not adapter, no stylus (so I had to buy one for $10), but everything else was fine, including battery). I think I bought my X200 for $45 a few years back.
The pre-flashed ones are expensive, and anyway it's more fun to have done it yourself (if you can spare an afternoon or so).
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