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#1 2019-09-05 22:35:29

crankypuss
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Registered: 2018-09-15
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[solved] not Cranky anymore: Lenovo 300e

I am loving Devuan and Lenovo!

I needed a Windows system (Paint still beats anything i've seen on linux for drawing and bitmap editing, and i have some ancient C++ code that does its own window-drawing under Win32 ) ,so i bought this laptop as a special-use device.

Lo and behold, Lenovo comes through again.  It's a shrimpy system space-wise, and i've had issues with linux hosing up a Windows setup before, so forget trying to install linux on the primary drive and expecting dual-boot.  But, it boots off a USB device or a memory-card if you set it up right.  And the processor is plenty fast to run linux.

Basically i twiddled the Windows BIOS parms, jammed my Devuan daily-backup USB into a port, and booted it up.  If there's no USB device plugged in, it goes to Windows, if a USB device (linux) is present, it brings up the grub menu.  If i wanted a fulltime linux, i could change the grub setup to boot Windows-10 or one of the other linux distros i keep on hand, and leave an sdcard plugged in.  However, it seems just as easy to keep the sdcard on my keychain, and plug it in when I need to use linux.

There are lots of ways to go with this device, it could be a fulltime linux box with a few minutes' tweaking.  For under $300 it's a great buy.  Good screen, great audio, snappy enough to run linux, even Windows isn't too abominably slow.

It does not come in an LTE version fwiw (sniff).  There is no external indication that it's charging, or plugged in, unless it's flipped open.  The keyboard is not backlit like my preferred Logitech K810, but the keyboard feel is almost identical, and the key-centers are not too different from the K810; for a touch typist it's important.  Oh and they provide a Delete key, despite Apple's fashion statement about only needing backspace.

Anyway, i wanted to let you folks know it's a nice little linux box for under $300, and unlike a lot of devices, it's quite linux-friendly imo.

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#2 2019-09-06 13:37:09

bgstack15
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Registered: 2018-02-04
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Re: [solved] not Cranky anymore: Lenovo 300e

Thank you for sharing your experience with Devuan on a laptop/tablet device. I am starting to consider a lightweight computer for non-techy family members, and this model sounds decent.

Can you tell me about your experience with any desktop environments on that platform? I'm interested in xfce.

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#3 2019-09-16 12:22:03

crankypuss
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Re: [solved] not Cranky anymore: Lenovo 300e

bgstack15 wrote:

Thank you for sharing your experience with Devuan on a laptop/tablet device. I am starting to consider a lightweight computer for non-techy family members, and this model sounds decent.

Can you tell me about your experience with any desktop environments on that platform? I'm interested in xfce.

If i'm not mistaken, it's XFCE that i use... the one with the rrrrrat icon.  Works great.  Battery life seems strong, but i've had so many hardware changes lately that i haven't yet just sat and used this device enough to get a firm grip on how long the battery will last.

However, "non-techy family members" says to me "find 'em an LTE Chromebook" that's affordable, and good luck with the affordable part.  A chromebook is about the most convenient box around, i have an early Samsung Pro and my largest complaint for non-development use is having to set up a hotspot for it.  Had it set up to swap chromeos/linux with crouton, imo that bit isn't quite ready for prime-time yet, but Google are making noises about expanding linux support and i haven't seen that just yet.

If they need Windows, then yes, this might be a good choice.  Based on past experience, i was pleasantly surprised that the recovery media Lenovo sent (had to ask for it) was able to reinstall Windows.  But really, this is the first time i've used Windows since i ditched Vista for linux years ago, so i can't comment on how fast Windows is or isn't.  Linux... my regular linux box is a Thinkpad t510, which has an i5 processor, and this box isn't much slower even though it's an m3 in s-mode.  It's a bit heavier than i'd prefer but weight/price is a definite tradeoff.

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#4 2019-09-16 14:41:13

golinux
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Re: [solved] not Cranky anymore: Lenovo 300e

@crankypuss . . . there is no rat icon in the Xfce default desktop.  smile

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