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ThinkPad T450

  1. #1
    maddie Houston
    just picked one up today for $150.
    Already installed my goto arch+dwm+polybar. ezpz

    - Intel Core i5 5th Gen 2.9 GHz (Turbo)
    - 8 GB DDR3 Memory
    - 256 GB SSD (stock but came upgraded with a 500GB SSD)
    - Intel HD Graphics 5500
    - 14.0-inch diagonal display (1600 x 900) & Touchscreen -- which i wont probably use

    Ordered a backlit keyboard that should be here this weekend.

    I was thinking another stick of RAM to make it 16GB, but apparently you can put two 16GB of RAM to make 32GB (even though Lenovo said 16GB was max).
    Recommendations for the next upgrade?
  2. #2
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    ew arch


    have you tried tiling window managers? I switched to i3 a while back, really efficient once you start to remember the shortcut keys


    I never use a touchscreen on a laptop but I'll always opt to get one if possible because they're so much more durable
  3. #3
    maddie Houston
    Originally posted by aldra ew arch


    have you tried tiling window managers? I switched to i3 a while back, really efficient once you start to remember the shortcut keys


    I never use a touchscreen on a laptop but I'll always opt to get one if possible because they're so much more durable

    dwm is a tiling window manager. i used i3-gaps like 5-3 years ago, switch to dwm then. tried xmonad, and bspwm but kept going back to dwm
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  4. #4
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    what the hell was I thinking of then

    openbox fork or something probably
  5. #5
    Donald Trump Space Nigga
    I used to have a T450s. It was a great laptop. Even put a 4G module into it. I used Linux Ubuntu Mate with full disk encryption on it. I could never get used to a tiling window manager.

    My current laptop is a T470s, and its a little thinner than the T450s, but I'm not sure it's better.
  6. #6
    Sudo Dark Matter [my hereto riemannian peach]
    I just got a chromebook for dirt cheap and immediately realized I hate it and want to resell it. What's the point of having Linux if everything feeds into Gurgle anyway?
  7. #7
    aldra JIDF Controlled Opposition
    you should be able to nuke it and put a lunix distro on there, but there's probably hardware/firmware/uefi level google nonce sense on there as well
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  8. #8
    maddie Houston
    Originally posted by Sudo I just got a chromebook for dirt cheap and immediately realized I hate it and want to resell it. What's the point of having Linux if everything feeds into Gurgle anyway?

    chromebook is a fork of gentoo, but not a good fork
  9. #9
    maddie Houston
    Originally posted by Donald Trump I used to have a T450s. It was a great laptop. Even put a 4G module into it. I used Linux Ubuntu Mate with full disk encryption on it. I could never get used to a tiling window manager.

    My current laptop is a T470s, and its a little thinner than the T450s, but I'm not sure it's better.

    i dont have the t450s only the t450. i believe the t450 is better from the small research ive done? but im not sure how it compares to the t470s. depends on what specs it has im sure it comes in different versions
  10. #10
    Donald Trump Space Nigga
    Originally posted by maddie i dont have the t450s only the t450. i believe the t450 is better from the small research ive done? but im not sure how it compares to the t470s. depends on what specs it has im sure it comes in different versions

    I think it might have better speakers. The speakers in the T470s especially are unpleasantly quiet.
  11. #11
    RIPtotse African Astronaut [my adversative decurved garbo]
    Dickpad 420 is more like it you know what I'm sayin!saying!!
  12. #12
    Sophie Pedophile Tech Support
    I got a little cheapo tablet/laptop combination. Specs are not spectacular, but i have a bunch of external HDDs with a lot of capacity so i am thinking of turning it into a file/backup box. I might run Cryptpad on it too so i have a secure cloud storage solution for my internal network. Yes. I am definitely going to be running CryptPad on there come to think of it.

    Gonna roll Ubuntu Server on it first though. Got a modified Debian on it ATM, but i'd prefer a proper server set up in this case.
  13. #13
    maddie Houston
    Originally posted by Sophie I got a little cheapo tablet/laptop combination. Specs are not spectacular, but i have a bunch of external HDDs with a lot of capacity so i am thinking of turning it into a file/backup box. I might run Cryptpad on it too so i have a secure cloud storage solution for my internal network. Yes. I am definitely going to be running CryptPad on there come to think of it.

    Gonna roll Ubuntu Server on it first though. Got a modified Debian on it ATM, but i'd prefer a proper server set up in this case.

    you should make a custom iso with the ubuntu server and ubuntu mini.iso, i made one and it turned out pretty lightweight and stable
  14. #14
    Sophie Pedophile Tech Support
    Originally posted by maddie you should make a custom iso with the ubuntu server and ubuntu mini.iso, i made one and it turned out pretty lightweight and stable

    Did you use any debootstrapping utils? Or did you roll it from scratch? I have experience creating distros with QEMU-Debootstrap sbuild and schroot.
  15. #15
    maddie Houston
    Originally posted by Sophie Did you use any debootstrapping utils? Or did you roll it from scratch? I have experience creating distros with QEMU-Debootstrap sbuild and schroot.

    you can just use mkisofs, i have a writeup if you want it. i just did it recently to get remnux to load up on a uefi system.
  16. #16
    Sophie Pedophile Tech Support
    Originally posted by maddie you can just use mkisofs, i have a writeup if you want it. i just did it recently to get remnux to load up on a uefi system.

    Thanks but i got it covered.

    I wrote a write up where you use an ubuntu mini.iso to roll a custom remnux for use in VM, lol. That said:

    QEMU-Debootstrap is the tool to use when you start off with a VM, for installable media the mkisofs process remains the same. the good thing about sbuild and schroot is that you can customize and add all manner of packages without having to run the base system as VM first.
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