[LAU] buying a new laptop

Philipp Überbacher hollunder at lavabit.com
Mon Sep 5 07:07:59 UTC 2011

Excerpts from Joel Roth's message of 2011-09-04 08:59:31 +0200:
> On Sat, Sep 03, 2011 at 05:49:19PM -0700, Ken Restivo wrote:
> > I have owned a few ThinkPads in my day, and they do run
> > well with linux, but the ergonomics of the keyboards on
> > them irritate me so much, I'll never use another one.
> I'm happy with my T410; I ameliorate the ergonomics 
> by using a wireless USB mouse, and a compact
> USB keyboard.
> I disabled the touch pad, otherwise I 
> get spurious mouse clicks.

I use a really cheap Acer Extensa 5220, keyboard is ok for me, it has a
rather conventional layout compared to some laptops I've seen where
ESC/Shift/Enter/... where all over the place. The touchpad works ok for
me, although I started to use a mouse again when at home. Touchpad is ok
for the occasional pointing, but if you do point-heavy stuff it can go
so far that your fingertips heat up and you almost start to rub them
off. The touchpad can be disabled using Fn+F7 but this happens pretty
much in hardware as far as I know and can lead to xruns (same goes for

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