I was here before, and shortly after got a horrible car acident resulting in permanent brain damage. So apologize for not responding to my first thread, it wasn't bad will, it was hospital crap
My two neigbors, both in ther '70's as age, would like to discover the weird new thing called 'the internet' (
). As these are so kind people, I offered to help them. So I am looking for laptops that 'just work'.I have a strong brand preference for Lenovo Thinkpad. I am ex-IBM myself ('90's, I worked for ICG), and I currently also have a W520. It isn't as stubborn as the ones we had early '90's (we literally did what Thinkpad is famous for: threw them through the hall to see if they would survive - which they easily did), but it's quality. Still.However
: just last week I tried to install Mint 16 Cinnamon on my W520 before I would decide on moving on with Mint for these very senior people. Booting live went fine, but installing on HDD from within live? No way. 1001 problems (I can't even recall, re: brain damage, my short memory is effectively sent to /dev/null). I couldn't fix them, so I restored a W7-image.
So I am in a mess right now. I do want to give these people Mint instead of W8 (or apple), and I really don't like xBuntu with all these spyware crap things. I love Debian, but the Mint-Debian is TESTING, and I can't put these old senior citizens on such a release.
Now, for sure, as I already told the seniors, they will donate. It is not about being free as in money-free, it is about being non-crap. The dev's want a beer too, so you will have to donate. They are fine with that. They simply want no crap, and learn about that new thing, 'the internet'
Just accidently, last week I also had a phone call with a Lenovo tech guy, as my internal HDD is dead and needs to be replaced. He recommended the T440 because of 'no problems'. I value this advice, however, over here in The Netherlands, that is avery expensive machine. These seniors are on hardly liveable pensions (yes, did you see the crap about the netherlands being a rich country? Forget about it...).
So I am stuck. Would there be anybody in this fine forum who could give me advice on a simple Lenovo laptop that simply works
? (So not my W520 failures of last week)? As to requirements, what do these seniors do? They want to browse the web (fast, of course), want to email me, watch youtube and alikes, perhaps when their grand childs come in let them use the laptop for whatever grand children do (well, if they want to play some 6-DVD-heavy computer game they will not be able to do that of course; they have parents to take care of those requirements, not grand parents whom they once a month visit).
So what would be a Lenovo laptop 'that simply works'? On which I can put Mint 16 and do the remaining things (install a separate router, wireless, Radius, VLANs, the works)?I have been putting them off for one year now hoping in the mean time decent hybrids would come out, so they could have the best of both worlds - laptop + tablet, on linux, but by now it is clear to me this going to take a long time before this is mature. I'd like to help these people discovering the big internet world that is out there, so I am no longer targetting hybrids. We don't know how long these very kind seniors will be around, after all ).
I am in debt for any suggestion on a decent, not too expensive, machine so I can get these seniors (I think they even used to drive the T-Ford
) on their way.
Thank you in advance very much,