Best Linux laptop for developers?

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The large number of reports of coil whine scared me off. Also, that Dell has a threshold of noise level before they’ll replace it.

But I got to try the XPS 15" the other day in a store, and it felt amazing; great trackpad and build quality.


Lenovo X2xx series is good to go :), Have one x260 with xubuntu installed :smile:


Worst thing I ever bought was a Macbook Pro after the 2015 model. I’ve had 3x Macbook Pro 2016 models and 2x 2017. Every single time the keyboard partially didn’t work and in once instance a Genius broke a key when ‘testing’ it in the back of the store.

I’m looking at the Lenovo’s for their great keyboards but I’m not looking forward to spent time on getting an OS up and running. After trying many flavours in Virtualbox I think I’ll go for Arch on a T4XX / X1 but I’m curious to see how Arch will run on a real laptop (drivers/etc)


Quoting myself here:

IBM Thinkpads used to be built like tanks but with each new generation the Thinkpad line has been drifting towards mediocrity - and I’m afraid these days the Thinkpad products aren’t that different from the competition.


I ran linux in various flavours for years before I got a macbook. My best experience was with Asus laptops. I ran gentoo on my thinkpad when I was at IBM, but I haven’t tried it on my (wife’s) lenovo. The nice thing about the macbook is that I can do everything I used to do on linux, but I don’t have to fight with it.


I’m using Lenovo Thinkpad T470p (Kaby Lake) at work and a Lenovo Ideapad U330 (Haswell) at home.
Both on Ubuntu sometimes have problems with recognizing that the external display was plugged in / unplugged. Sometimes a reboot is necessary.
I’m not using suspend so can’t speak about it.

Other than that both run great - my next laptop will probably be a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 or X series.


Both my MBPs now run Ubuntu 17.10 (the personal 2011 one with Wayland, the work 2013 one still Xorg as I heard that nVidia doesn’t go well with Wayland). It works, but man is Linux behind the times. I can make things work as I’ve been fooling around with *nix systems for close to 30 years now, All sorts of manual tweaks are needed to get the touchpad, the display lid sensor, etcetera just behave. It works, and once it works it’s fine, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you have some serious stamina and Google-fu.

What I’m currently testing on my AlienWare 17" “Luggable” is that I kept Win10 - I actually think it’s ok - and have Linux in a Hyper/V VM, headless. I start XMing under Windows, ssh into the VM, and start xfce4. It works, it’s fast, it’s compatible, and Linux is nicely shielded from all the laptop hardware it has a hard time supporting. And I can run games, Lightroom, Emacs and Terminator all on the same system :slight_smile:


This is highly dependent on which model laptop you’re running. Overwhelmingly, people who run Linux don’t generally have Macbooks and so they’re probably less well supported. You’d most likely do without almost any configuration at all if it was a Dell or one of the better Lenovo laptops.


Dell announced a new XPS 15 2-in-1.

I’m still running an old Thinkpad T430 that is just too good to give me reason to replace it. My main priority is a good keyboard, and I haven’t found a better keyboard than on this Thinkpad. I’m hoping these next gen machines are compelling enough to get me to switch.


You might be right. Given that the thread started talking about developers using OS X switching to Linux, I guess that starting with the hardware you have makes sense :-).


I experienced very similar issues as I investigated Linux distros. :slight_smile:
I know your pain and I was in this process for months…

To make it short:

On downloads, ISOs get sometimes slightly damaged, since servers slow down and the integrated download clients in the browsers are sometimes incapable to resume correctly.

Videos and other media are not affected by this since players can sort that out.
ISOs with operating systems on it can work as you describe in such scenarios.

In order to avoid that, either download ISOs via .torrents, who then get automatically checked by their clients on integrity, as in QBittorrent.

The other way around is that you check the SHA256SUM of the ISO manually.

I recommend strongly Etcher, which checks again on the stick, once the write is done.

My Laptop is running perfectly since years and I will never ever change this system.