I picked up a new Lenovo ThinkPad T420; it’s fast, feels great, and I’m loving it! It came with Windows 7 preinstalled, but I’ve never been a Windows guy and I ain’t about to start now. Within an hour of unboxing it I had installed Ubuntu 11.04 and compiled the latest stable Linux kernel:
[aorth@ndechu: ~]$ uname -sr Linux 3.0.0
This thing hauls ass because it’s full of dual-core Core i7 Sandy Bridge zestiness:
[aorth@ndechu: ~]$ sudo lshw -class processor *-cpu description: CPU product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2620M CPU @ 2.70GHz vendor: Intel Corp. physical id: 1 bus info: cpu@0 version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2620M CPU @ 2.70GHz serial: Not Supported by CPU slot: CPU size: 800MHz capacity: 800MHz
Everyone knows that forking, branching, merging, compiling and transcoding is more fun when you have a Sandy Bridge! See?
ThinkPads are like the Macintoshes of the PC world; admittedly they’re nowhere near as as stylish as a MacBook Pro, but the build quality is superb, and the performance is fantastic. Also, if you’re not going to run Mac OS X, there’s really no point in spending the extra cash on Apple hardware.
Back to hacking!