alee7 wrote:I can have my Chrome browser with 8 tabs active, Excel, Word and MS-Publisher all running without any slow down.
LOL, I love how much Windows sucks. Counting right now, I have...11 tabs open in Chrome, 29 open in Opera, LibreOffice writer with two long docs, VLC playing music, GIMP, a text editor, 3 large spreadsheets, a 30 page PDF, AWN, full compiz desktop effects, and a non-lightweight distro (ubuntu gnome-classic). Checking memory usage - 2GB! 50% of my 4GB on my X61 ThinkPad. Yep, ought to be speedy, and it is. I would have to open TWICE all that to have to swap. Or I could set up a pretty generous virtual machine with no slowdown, even running alongside all that other stuff.
With this laptop, my full workload would be using 1/4 of available RAM. Nice.
It's sad but true that the #1 driver (other than games) for people to buy new and better PCs is simply what utter rot Windows is.
As a sidenote, for anyone who cares, the Thinkpad line have absolutely the best reputation for Linux friendliness; basically guaranteed 100% working out of the box (volume buttons don't work on mine, only hiccup). From putting a USB in the drive to have a fully installed and productive linux system < 30 easy minutes on ANY laptop in the traditional ThinkPad line (ie, T/W/X). Thinkpads kick ass!
Also, the Trackpoint 'nub' rules. It provides easy and instant two-axis scrolling, similar to how multitouch works on Macs, but better IMHO. Oddly, the Trackpoint behavior in Windows using official Lenovo drivers sucks, enough to be an utter dealbreaker for me.
TL;DR: ThinkPads and Linux are a match made in heaven.
-Four time ThinkPad owner.