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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Saving up for Laptop, Free Software Discussion

From: Felix Posselt
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] Saving up for Laptop, Free Software Discussion
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:06:42 +0000 (UTC)

Im not sure if i found the Computer you are talking about, but i found a Laptop with the name Lenovo ThinkPad P70

1. The Bios won't be free. I guess you know.
2. Your workstation seems to have a thunderbolt. I am not sure, but arent these proprietary?
3. Your Graphicscard has an official linux-driver (non-free) and it also seems to have a free Linux driver

All in all it seems to be able to run GNU/Linux

The questions that remains is, why you would spend that much money on a computer.
Unless you do some really extraordinary heavy work on that thing, or plan to run a server for several thousand users, i don't know how a Computer of that price range is going to have an advantage over some consumer high end with an i7 6700K processor.

If I found the wrong specs, please give us more details about the machine, and maybe plans on using it.

Von: Andri Effendi <>
Gesendet: 16:30 Montag, 24.Oktober 2016
Betreff: [libreplanet-discuss] Saving up for Laptop, Free Software Discussion

Hello All,
Just want to put this idea out there and question for discussion.

I am setting this goal that with in the next 3 – 5 years I will have
$10,000 AUD saved up to buy a luxury laptop workstation.

I want to save up for the absolute best computer that money can buy
because I want to have real computing power. :)

The computer I am looking at is the Lenovo Think Pad P70, or its future
equivalent since I have to save up a lot of money first.

I know that by the time that I have saved enough money, there will be a
different model available.

Now what I want to ask you folks…
Assuming I have saved the money needed for this computer, will I be able
to run Trisquel or an equivalent fully Free Software OS on it?

One thing that sits back in my mind is that WIFI will not work.

I don’t want to be dreaming about buying a $10,000 computer if I won’t
be able to run Free Software on it.

Does anyone have any suggestions or comments?

Kind Regards,
Andri Effendi <>
Organiser of The Free Software Movement in Sydney

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