Fediverse, I need you to help me: I want to buy a reliable, easily maintainable laptop with great compatibility with Linux. I live in Brazil so any alternative like Purism are out of question as they are too expensive to import. Any ideas?
@anna If you can get a thinkpad you can't go wrong with thinkpad.
@Deiru Do you have specific models in mind or absolutely any of them are really good?
This is a pretty good place to compare the models and some relative prices (don't know applicable to brazil).
In general thinkpads are all good (aside from very new ones (so older models are a go)) and are also very resilient. My friend's thinkpad is in unbelievably bad shape, but it still works and works well.
@Deiru Thank you so much!
@Deiru That's exactly what I need.
@anna I second the advice for going with a thinkpad. I always hear good things about them but I never personally owned one.
@u Which one did you buy?
@u We also have Mercado Livre here!
@u Fair enough! Thank you.
@anna thinkpads really are the way to go imo. you can get them used/refurbished extremely cheap since companies tend to buy them in bulk and retire them just as quickly. definitely need to be careful about compatibility, especially with newer ones. T series is probably the safest bet. avoid nvidia optimus unless you like hanging out in BIOS settings
@anna Thinkpads! I have three quite old Lenovo Thinkpads that are rock solid.
X200 running Debian XFCE
X61S running Trisquel-Mini 8.0
X61 running FreeBSD 11.2
Another plus about older Thinkpads is they're quite modular, and easily repairable.
In all of the above machines, I put in a cheap 120 Gb SSD which really improves their performance.