ideas for laptop selection

Heiki Lõhmus repentinus at
Sun Apr 30 17:35:39 UTC 2017

On Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 11:52:22AM +0200, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> - am I going to run into Secure Boot issues?  I've met other people at
> events recently who had new laptops and were struggling to get into the
> BIOS and disable Secure Boot.

I have a recent Thinkpad (T460p from 2016). Secure boot can be disabled
or you can use it with your own keys.

> - Windows included - can anybody give any tips on how to buy without
> paying the Windows tax?

Lenovo does not accept partial returns. If you want a Lenovo laptop that
is only sold with Windows, you have to pay the tax.

> Has anybody tried the 2017 models of the X1 Carbon or X270 with any
> Linux distribution?

I haven't tried the 2017 models, but Arch Linux runs fine on my T460p,
including power management, multitouch gestures on the touchpad, and
Bluetooth. I cannot say anything about web cameras as I opted out of
visual spying. Hardware-accelerated AES is also nice if you use full
disk encryption but that is obviously up to the specific processor you

Heiki Lõhmus
Vice President
Free Software Foundation Europe
repentinus at
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