Comments on: Suggestions of Improvements For The Next Generation MacBook. The Internet Startup Blog Sat, 24 Oct 2009 19:07:30 +0000 hourly 1 By: Viktor Petersson Mon, 12 Feb 2007 02:06:32 +0000 Phlo,
Thanks for your input. The Lenevo X60 does seem to be a nice laptop. The hardware-specs looks nice, but the design could have been better.

The problem is this though – it doesn’t run OS X. I’m totally pro-Linux, but I feel that I spent enough time in my life tweaking linux on laptops to work with all the hardware that they come with. I bet running Ubuntu would be cool on this laptop, but after googling a bit, it appears to have some problems. Even though most hardware (after a bit of tweaking) seems to work, other pieces such as the biometric-reader and ACPI/APM features (suspending to RAM/disk and blank screen) seems to be missing.

Don’t get me wrong, I really love Linux, but there are still some problems with hardware that needs to be resolved. I might be wrong about this, but as far as I know, it’s still a hassle to get Bluetooth devices to properly sync with Linux. This is a feature I really need. However, I’m sure the developers are working hard to make this better.

Personally I would rather buy a laptop from System76 which sells laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed, and therefor you _know_ all hardware is working out of box. Unfortunately System76 do not offer any tablet at this point.

The bottom line is that OS X gives you the power and almost all benefit from Linux or FreeBSD, but with the extra bonus of the time you save from not having to tweak your configs for a couple of days to get it all to work. Surely you might loose a bit of flexibility and ability to customize everything, but time is money for me. 5 years ago I used to enjoy that tweaking, but today my time is too valuable.

By: phlo Sun, 11 Feb 2007 21:18:26 +0000 Hey there

Judging from your suggestins, what you are looking for is actual quality hardware like real vendors sell it. Take a look at Lenovo’s current offerings, especially the X60 tablet. It’s smaller and sleeker than all that Apple stuff, runs (depending on the battery pack) some 4-5 or 6-8 hours, has a fingerprint reader and a great touchscreen. Aditionally you get to run real operating systems like Windows and Linux on it. And even better: you don’t have to sign up for some kind of waiting list because it’s about the actual device and not some cult of The Steve! :)