From what research I've gathered Thinkpasds seem to be the majorties choice on running linux. I don't know really anything when it comes to Thinkpads & linux, but I'm eager to learn.
I'm wanting to learn Ubuntu and I'm curious which Thinkpad would be the best for a absolutely complete beginner : T530 / T400 / T510 / T520 / X270 / X230 ?? I've listd these because these models are affordable to me $60.00 - $110.00 and are avaialble to purchase. Which would be the easiest to install Ubuntu on ? Which one is going to give me the least amount of issues ?
I just want Wifi to work without issues and basically read and learn the command line. I might also if possible dual boot with Windows 8 / 10 due to the fact I've been a Mac user for over a decade. Also, if I decide to be able to run online cert classes on the computer as well. Maybe down the road switch to a different flavor of linux : mint or debian or possibly Kali ( which I doubt ) although cyber security is 100% fasicnating to me.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks for everyones time !!
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Ubuntu is a good distribution to start with. There are some old online guides that are really useful for learning the command line (very little has changed in terms of the basics). I remember using this one by William Shotts, among others: https://sourceforge.net/projects/linuxc ... f/download
If you really want to learn the ins and outs of the system, once you get comfortable, move on from Ubuntu as you have proposed. I learned the most in two ways:
1. setting up Slackware on an old ThinkPad 365X. I think the equivalent today (as far as manual configuration goes) would be Arch Linux, but I've never tried it. Using a distribution that requires a lot of manual configuration forces you to learn a lot more. But don't keep your important data on such a system, because you probably *will* screw up massively at least once.
2. administering my own Debian server (mostly for XMPP, but once you get started, you'll find yourself self-hosting a ton of stuff). A cheap VPS or a raspberry pi provides great opportunities to teach yourself a lot.
Linux in Nutshell is also very good: https://doc.lagout.org/operating%20syst ... h%20Ed.pdf
Chapter 3 in this book is quite useful: http://tldp.org/LDP/intro-linux/intro-linux.pdf
Here's a collection of resources, many of which are more specialized/advanced: https://itsfoss.com/learn-linux-for-free/
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T400 benefits from libreboot or coreboot if you decide to go that route in the future... but flashing a bios seems a bit more daunting to me, I haven't tried it.
I'd say maybe an X220 would be a good start, specially if you get one with an IPS display.
Plus you could always add an mSATA card to it, and get dual boot without the big size of a T510.
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Thanks for all this useful information !! I whole heartedly appreciate !!
Another question if you don't mind. I purchased an extremly cheap but working T400. A person on Reddit said the system will run slow and possibly be somewhat frustrating. Curious if this is true ?
RAM: 4GB || Hard Drive Capacity: 160GB
Processor: Inter(R) Core (TM) 2 Duo || Processor Speed: 2.26GHz
Would upgrading to a SSD be worth the money and would it be a noticable difference ? If so any thoughts on these guys ?
https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatib ... 400-series
Would the 50.00 one be ok ? I only paid 40.00 for the computer and its only for learning, so I'm not wanting to invest alot into something thats only being used as a learning machine, unless its going to truly benefit the process.
Thanks again for your help !!!
Any distro should do so try a variety (remember you can run live off USB to test) and have fun!
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