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Good stuff. Thinking thd thinkpads are the way to go. Always liked them anyway. Been playing with Linux and BSD a bit for a while. Just mainly had machines for special tasks. And ran a VM on my main rig for some network testing and what not. Still pretty much a noob. Lol. I have been diving into the bsd shell in FreeNAS a bit. Also reading up on packet shaping commands and tests via shell in PFSENSE. Figure it would be a good idea to run a bit of a daily driver for non gaming for a bit.

As for distro, ubuntu or Mint most likely. I like the prettieness of ubuntu, but not crazy about the launchbar thing. Mint Cinnamon is a nice compromise. Little lighter on the system too.

Not necessarily, but definitely a great choice.
In my experience, a non-HP unit, and something without AMD graphics is a good idea. Don't just limit yourself to Thinkpads. (but again, they're great)

I'm personally using a 2011 Acer Aspire 5749 with Intel HD 3000 graphics. Had no issues for the past couple years.
Have a look at http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/ and you can double check what other people are saying in terms of hardware compatibility.

I always recommend a Thinkpad T series since they are a highly "recycled" laptop from businesses. They basically give them away for tax credit in which the re-seller sells them for next to nothing, which makes a great i5 with Intel HD at around 60-120 bucks.
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I always recommend a Thinkpad T series since they are a highly "recycled" laptop from businesses. They basically give them away for tax credit in which the re-seller sells them for next to nothing, which makes a great i5 with Intel HD at around 60-120 bucks.
Happen to have a link to a retailer?
I wouldn't mind a new unit for myself to be honest.
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I always recommend a Thinkpad T series since they are a highly "recycled" laptop from businesses. They basically give them away for tax credit in which the re-seller sells them for next to nothing, which makes a great i5 with Intel HD at around 60-120 bucks.
Happen to have a link to a retailer?
I wouldn't mind a new unit for myself to be honest.

Are you okay with using the bay? This is the guy I use and he always accepts best offers bellow the price mark by a nice margin. The battery holding charge is hit or miss, but I found a good retailer for dank batteries for 20 bucks a piece for the thinkpads. It looks like he has slim picking for thinkpads, but tons of latitudes with i5.

http://www.ebay.com/usr/e-cyclepro?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754

I've also used the other guy I linked too, but he primarily does bids only which I find annoying, but he does move a bit on best offers as well depending on how long it has been posted. He also removed HD and Battery which is annoying. I only buy from him when the first doesn't have what I need.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/PC-Laptops-Netbooks/177/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=&_ssn=wheelerdealerinc
Edited by TheOwlHootHoot - 6/1/16 at 4:31pm
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Are you okay with using the bay? This is the guy I use and he always accepts best offers bellow the price mark by a nice margin. The battery holding charge is hit or miss, but I found a good retailer for dank batteries for 20 bucks a piece for the thinkpads. It looks like he has slim picking for thinkpads, but tons of latitudes with i5.

http://www.ebay.com/usr/e-cyclepro?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2754

I've also used the other guy I linked too, but he primarily does bids only which I find annoying, but he does move a bit on best offers as well depending on how long it has been posted.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/PC-Laptops-Netbooks/177/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=&_ssn=wheelerdealerinc

Depends on the bay. Tried to download some ram and freemovies.exe did me in.

I'll definitely have a look, thank you.
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I just picked up a nice laptop on ebay, thinkpad-r400 for £75 second user - I'd say the dollar price is $100-110 but maybe cheaper as everything here is expensive. It's a nice laptop, very sturdy and solid. My distro installed on it without anything eventful happening. Only thing is it had only 60GB of hard drive space, some of the listed models have more though and I'm sure it wouldn't cost too much to upgrade it if need be. You probably know already but an interesting feature of the laptop is the ability to interchange the cd-rom drive for a hard disk bay instead and both the screen and cd-rom / hard drive bay can be taken off without a screwdriver (they are very solid in place though). Just don't get the password locked ones, they require special hardware to unlock and get into the bios.

I'd say go for it with one the thinkpads, any lightweight distro will probably work great.
Edited by etplayer - 6/6/16 at 1:11pm
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Just picked up an i7 X201 for around the house for 40. Works pretty well besides some needed tweaks for touch optimization. Touch screen thinkpads seem solid as well.
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Finally picked up a laptop. Found a Dell E6420 for $200 with 8GB of RAM and an i5. Might pull the HDD and stick an SSD in it. For now I am installing Cinnamon Mint on it.
 
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Finally picked up a laptop. Found a Dell E6420 for $200 with 8GB of RAM and an i5. Might pull the HDD and stick an SSD in it. For now I am installing Cinnamon Mint on it.

Boy that seems really expensive for what you could have gotten on eBay.
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Boy that seems really expensive for what you could have gotten on eBay.

It is in practically new condition. Even has a good battery. And I purchased from the local FreeGeek. They are basically a charity group, so spending a few extra bucks was not a big deal. They give a lot of machines away to people and recycle the really junky stuff. Was actually cheaper than what I could find the same machine for online.

Already grabbed a 240GB Intel SSD from Microcenter. Now I am thinking about getting an Intel AC Wifi adapter too. They are pretty cheap on Newegg.
 
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It is in practically new condition. Even has a good battery. And I purchased from the local FreeGeek. They are basically a charity group, so spending a few extra bucks was not a big deal. They give a lot of machines away to people and recycle the really junky stuff. Was actually cheaper than what I could find the same machine for online.

Already grabbed a 240GB Intel SSD from Microcenter. Now I am thinking about getting an Intel AC Wifi adapter too. They are pretty cheap on Newegg.
Well, if it was worth it to you, congratulations. Something with a Sandy i5 should fly using Linux. I've been completely satisfied with a T9900 using Mint Cinnamon, and a 2540M is miles faster and also has HT.

Looking at some of the listings on the bay, it looks like a fully intact E6420 still carries a bit of a price tag, like you said. And you did get to personally inspect the one you just purchased.
     
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