About to buy a new laptop

I’m about to buy a new laptop. I’m still happy with my Thinkpad T60p1 even though it needs a service to get rid of some heat problems and this annoying display issue, which has become worse lately:

Anyway, the new laptop is not for me but for my wife, so that there is less competition about the one we already have! ūüôā

One option would be to get me a new laptop and let her inherit the T60p, but I have an 1600√ó1200 pixel display now and the Thinkpad T Series models with 1920√ó1200 pixels are outrageously priced! I need some really good new business for 2GooD Productions in order to afford it!

Miguel de Icaza observed that Lenovo finally offers Linux preloaded on some machines but I can’t find anything about that on their Swedish web site. It would be good to avoid paying the “Microsoft Tax” the next time a buy a Thinkpad!

When my wife found out that Dell offers their Inspiron 1525 with the design below, she wanted one of those, and who am I to argue? I’ll make sure the specs look alright and pray that I can get Ubuntu running on it properly.

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(Image is Courtesy of Dell Inc.)

1 At least if I don’t think too much about the issues with the fglrx proprietary graphics driver from ATI.

Lock screen when I close the laptop lid

I’m quite sure that Ubuntu 7.0.4 (Feisty Fawn) with GNOME 2.18 locked my screen when I closed the lid of my laptop. Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) with GNOME with 2.20 did not until I made this change under the hood. The XML below can be imported with gconftool --load.

<gconfentryfile>
  <entrylist base="/apps/gnome-power-manager/lock">
    <entry>
      <key>blank_screen</key>
      <schema_key>/schemas/apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/blank_screen</schema_key>
      <value>
        <bool>true</bool>
      </value>
    </entry>
  </entrylist>
</gconfentryfile>