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need a new laptop. I was really attached to my thinkpad x220 but I'd like something with a faster processor and a higher screen resolution. I use a thinkpad x1 at work but honestly I don't like it very much. what's a hacker supposed to do these days?

@dthompson go for @tuxedocomputers or something like this maybe?
I have an i7 with 32GB of RAM from there and I'm happy.

@ekaitz_zarraga @dthompson Hm. do you know which kind of laptops tuxedo is reselling rebranded, or are they really producing this by themselves?

@thurloat @dthompson @ng0 Yeah, they are just resellers but they work on their software and this kind of stuff. They can tell you more about this.

They are the same as System76 is or some others. Each one has its own style of making things anyway.

@thurloat @dthompson @ng0 Yeah, they are just resellers but they work on their software and this kind of stuff. They can tell you more about this.

They are the same as System76 is or some others. Each one has its own style of making things anyway.

@ekaitz_zarraga @thurloat @dthompson thanks. Something worth to consider for buying (almost) local.

@dthompson Take a look at the t480's. Same form factor as your x220, beefed specs, and good cost per lb

@chuck thanks. the T class are 14" laptops. I like them but prefer the small size of the 12.5" X class ones the best.

@dthompson gotchya. Yeah the ultrabook size of the X's didn't really wow me. Performance is middle of the road too :\

good luck

@chuck yeah a T may be the best choice, I dunno. the trouble with the newest X stuff is soldered on RAM and other stuff that isn't user serviceable, which I want to avoid.

@chuck thanks! I found an open box t480 for a decent price that I'm going to think about.

@chuck although I need to first make sure that someone has hacked the bios to remove the whitelist for wifi cards so I can install my own. really hate that about thinkpads.

@keverets I just checked and it's not as expensive as I thought it was, but definitely a lot more than if I just bought another used thinkpad. the big question is: can I use a laptop that doesn't have the little nub mouse? the touch pad looks nice but it's still a touch pad.

@keverets @cwebber you like your librem 13 right? I know you have one semi-large complaint about it but it's only when using full disk encryption, right?

@dthompson @keverets So, I have a previous generation of the librem 13

Pros:
- works amazingly as a laptop-on-the-go
- no-blobs
- works with guixsd out of the box

Cons:
- only one external monitor at a time (fixed? dunno)
- full disk decryption seems slow from GRUB... but it's also slow from my thinkpad, so
- But sometimes it just wouldn't decrypt/boot!
- Worst problem is it froze up once a day, compounding other issue

But Ricardo doesn't have these problems, and I never sent it in :\

@dthompson @keverets It really was the freezing once a day problem that was what was killing my productivity and left me temporarily back on the Thinkpad. Again, I think it was a hardware issue *specific to my laptop*, but I was in conversations with tech support and they asked me to try a few things and I just never got around to it so I still haven't sent it in.

I doubt others are having the freezing problem, so... I *would* recommend it; I *loved* it otherwise. But you asked, so...

@cwebber @keverets do you happen to have one of those "librem key"s? I am interested in using that for TOTP and boot protection stuff.

@dthompson @keverets nope, came out after I got my model. If I ordered a new one (probably would if I didn't just burn a bunch of money on a house) I'd do that this time. I might still get one anyway.

I do think Purism are doing great work and I do want to support them.

@cwebber @keverets well, I think the Librem 13 + Librem Key is a frontrunner for the new laptop. I think I will really miss not having a trackpoint and docking station, though.

@dthompson @keverets I actually found I didn't miss those as much as I thought! It really doesn't take too long to plug in a few cables if you add cable mounts to your desk. Use the binder clip trick: lifehacker.com/attach-cables-t

Plus, less overheating-on-the-dock scenarios :P

@cwebber @keverets fwiw I only use a single external monitor but like some sort of dock for cable management, but I suppose the binder clip works.

@cwebber @keverets oh my x220 totally overheated on the dock a couple times

@dthompson They demoed the PureBoot process at LibrePlanet, using the key, and it looks great. I have a Nitrokey Pro---which is all their key is, plus the extra LED---and they said it'd work with that.

I asked them two years ago at LP if they'd consider adding Trackpoint, and it wasn't something they were going to do at the time. That's going to be a major disappointment for me as well. But there are keyboards that have it built in (of course that doesn't help on the go).

@cwebber did you ever get a chance to find/use a USB-C dock?

@mikegerwitz @dthompson I did find such a dock but it didn't enable a second external monitor (graphics card limitation I think) which is what I really wanted it for so I didn't really use it.

@mikegerwitz @cwebber how much did your nitrokey cost? the librem key doesn't have U2F support and that is leaning me towards nitrokey but since they aren't a US company I'm concerned it will cost a lot more.

@dthompson I bought it more than a couple years ago, so I don't recall what I paid back then, but I thought it was >=60USD. The current Nitrokey Pro 2 price is ~54USD.

Absolutely worth it, though. I use it every day for SSH, signing email, commit signing, decrypting personal files, and some other things.

The U2F one is ~25USD, but it's not a smart card.
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