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X61 favorite Linux flavor?

#1 Post by paulie420 » Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:38 pm

So I just got an X61... its old and I don't know what use case I might find for it, but...

I installed lubuntu... it looked OK; installed well and even performed pretty well at first. I need to upgrade memory, as I only have 1GB installed now!! After upgrading the system software to current, my hard drive failed at boot. As X61 owners may know, the batteries are so old you might have to keep yours plugged in... I think I had some data loss due to losing power during an upgrade; point is, lubuntu might still be a good choice for this old hardware.

I'm currently testing Linux Mint XFCE light version... but my question:

For a Lenovo ThinkPad X61, do you have a favourite version of Linux that you like to run on this hardware?
Or, WHAT OS do you run on your X61 - regardless?

Thanks... I'd love to find a copy of OS/2 Warp - I think it would look neat on the X61.


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Re: X61 favorite Linux flavor?

#2 Post by Cigarguy » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:05 pm

Mint for me

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Re: X61 favorite Linux flavor?

#3 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun Mar 01, 2020 1:26 am

X61 can have up to 2x4=8GB RAM, even if manuals claim different.
If your battery is still working, use any old HDD/SSD to temporarily install 32-bit Vista or W7 (no updates required at all).
Then download/install Middleton's BIOS to get SATA-II speed and a few other goodies.
Make sure to fully read the instructions and charge the battery before you begin updating BIOS.
If you don't fancy that and you have an external CD/DVD-drive, burn a CD from the included ISOs.
As for Linux, +1 for Mint.
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Re: X61 favorite Linux flavor?

#4 Post by WarhawkCZ » Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:54 am

MX linux, of course!

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Re: X61 favorite Linux flavor?

#5 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:11 am

Debian since the day I got an X61.
Daily driver: X220 4291-C91 i7-2620M

Backup: X601 Core 2 Duo T8100
Toy: X60F Core Solo U1300
On loan: X220 4291-P79 i5-2520M
In pieces: two retired but working X61Ts
RIP: 760XD 9546-U9E; X61 7676-A24; and a BOE-Hydis HV121P01-100 in failed SXGA+ mod

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Re: X61 favorite Linux flavor?

#6 Post by Hyena » Thu Apr 30, 2020 4:45 am

One more vote for Linux Mint with XFCE gui!

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Re: X61 favorite Linux flavor?

#7 Post by Kingair » Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:43 pm

I tried a bunch
Started with Mint Cinnamon but now running MX Linux
And it loves the X61
You can try a bunch if you want
UbuntuDDE is nice as well (Deepin desktop)

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Re: X61 favorite Linux flavor?

#8 Post by Kingair » Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:11 am

Test driving the just released Mint Cinnamon 20 Beta on my X61t
Mint Cinnamon was my first ever Linux distro I installed
Check it out !
My X61 T7300 is running Arch


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