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My first time ever buying a Thinkpad

T400/T410/T420 and T500/T510/T520 Series
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My first time ever buying a Thinkpad

#1 Post by NewtoThinkpad » Tue Jun 04, 2024 5:41 am

Dear sirs and misses,

I am honored to inform you that I have purchased my first Thinkpad at the age of 24. The Thinkpad I have purchased is a T510 model with 4 gigabytes of ram and a first generation Intel Core i5. It was shipped to me with preinstalled Windows 7, but I have no intention of using such system and have decided to install a linux based system, but the challenges are that I am unfamiliar with Linux, and given many different distribution I have no Idea which one is a perfect match for my system. Therefore I am humbly requesting suggestion on which linux distro would be a perfect match for this model of Thinkpad.

Best regards, by your humble servant, :bow:


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Re: My first time ever buying a Thinkpad

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Jun 04, 2024 6:34 am

With a Thinkpad that old, almost any Linux distribution will support it without issues. Most of the time, it boils down to personal preferences.

That said, I've been using Debian for more than a decade and a half, and I'm comfortable with it.
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Re: My first time ever buying a Thinkpad

#3 Post by el_Capo » Mon Jun 10, 2024 7:02 am

Another vote for debian 12, a lot of support of community in the forums, youtube videos and pages on internet! :roll: :roll:
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Re: My first time ever buying a Thinkpad

#4 Post by mikemex » Tue Jun 11, 2024 2:22 am

Congratulations on your new Thinkpad.

If I were you, I'd consider at least dual booting with Windows 7. It's my favourite OS of all time and is compatible with pretty much any software that you can think of. Runs really well on a fully upgraded old laptop. If you want Linux, I recommend you Ubuntu.
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