My main laptop is a 2010 Lenovo G555 — an ultra-cheap Lenovo that is definitely not a Thinkpad. It cost $330 or so in May 2010. It has a dual-core AMD processor at 2.1 GHz with 4 GB of RAM. I immediately rolled in a bigger (320 MB) hard drive, replaced the Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit image with the 64-bit version, then made it a whole lot smaller and first installed Fedora 13. Things went bad fairly quickly — there were display issues a-plenty. I installed Debian Squeeze in late 2010, refined the setup with newer kernels first from Liquorix and then Debian Backports and never looked back.
I upgraded to Debian’s still-Testing release Wheezy in late 2012. I’m still running Wheezy, and it’s still not Debian’s Stable distribution (as of March 20, 2013), but it couldn’t be more solid. I’ve shrunk the Windows partition even further on a couple of occasions. The first time I created a 40 GB Linux partition for video storage. I made it 4 GB bigger this week.
The biggest recent change on the Lenovo is that I’m successfully running the Netflix-desktop hack/package collection and am enjoying watching Netflix streaming in Debian. Not being able to watch Netflix streaming was probably my final “stopper” in needing Windows at all. So I’ve made the Windows partition as small as I can and am leaving it for the moment just to make sure I really don’t need it. Since I run Debian, I really don’t need to reinstall practically … ever, but when I do (I have different ideas about partitioning that I want to implement), I’ll probably kick Windows 7 out.
I found an old IBM Thinkpad R32 — circa 2002 — for my daughter, and after beefing up the memory (I think it has 1 GB, but it could have 720 MB) and adding a 20 GB hard drive, I installed Lubuntu 12.04 — the LXDE-desktop-running version of Ubuntu. It’s a solid distribution, and I’ve been happy to support it.
I still have some of the machines in my “computers in 2009″ post, but I’m not actively using any of them, though the Compaq Armada 7770dmt — circa 1999 — still has Debian Squeeze on its 3 GB hard drive.
My work-supplied machine is a sweet Lenovo ThinkCentre desktop. I think it’s a Lenovo ThinkCentre M77 2227-A5U. I know it has an AMD dual-core processor and 8 GB of RAM. Other than running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, it’s a pretty sweet machine.