How many years the Thinkpad X220 (running Linux)

Feb. 1, 2022, 6:40 p.m.

With the regular internet use getting more memory intensive, for how many more years do you think the Thinkpad X220 (running Linux) will remain usable as a main computer?

Feb. 1, 2022, 6:09 p.m.

As my new video showed, a much older T60 could still handle modern tasks even with resource hogs like Windows 10 and Chome. So for a few more years the X220 will have plenty of juice.

Just saw your video the other day. Thanks for posting it.

Feb. 1, 2022, 10:42 a.m.

With Linux it'll be fine for ages. Still on of my main laptops.

Feb. 1, 2022, 3:33 a.m.

16GB for only $75.

Feb. 1, 2022, 6:34 p.m.

Keep in mind core2duo based system with 4gb of ram are still really usable under windows
Get a SSD and 8gb of ram and you will be fine at least 3-4years

Feb. 1, 2022, 8:15 a.m.

I don't think it will be an issue, if you use an SSD and set up a swap partition or file, Linux will just move data there if you start running out of RAM, and it has pretty good algorithms for guessing what data can be moved to swap

Keep in mind too if you're looking at your memory usage that Linux is designed to use 80% or so of your total ram at any given time, free ram is wasted ram so it will just cache anything you open until it starts to fill up, and then it will start deallocating to make room for new data

Feb. 1, 2022, 9:16 a.m.

As long as you use an adblock, and only allow flash to be used when you want it I see it it staying relevant for a good while. A Major part of the internet right now is just these flash/video ads taking forever to load and auto play and such. It's possible to limit.

any recommendations?

Just a simple adblock+ install on your browser and forcing firefox or whatever browser you use to restrict or ask you before using a flash plugin. Using underpowered laptops, ads really do slow down them by a lot and even end up throttling them. Using ABP stops that pretty quickly and you can stand the use of them.

Feb. 1, 2022, 10:58 a.m.

I have a x201 tablet i7 ssd and 8 gb of ram. I program with it daily with windows 10 and have no issues! You’ll be fine forever!!!

Feb. 1, 2022, 1:51 p.m.

As for memory usage, use Firefox with Firemin to reduce memory usage by about 80%.
There may be programs similar to Firemin for other browsers.

Feb. 1, 2022, 9:27 p.m.

Awesome replies everyone. I've got an x220 with i5, 8gb ram, and an SSD as my main machine. Upgrading to 16gb ram seems like it might or might not improve things. So far, its performance is great for me. I'm probably going to buy another x220 on ebay, just to have a backup. So if this fails, I'll just swap the components over to the new machine. I'm considering an X230, but then I'd have to do the keyboard mod, and I'm unsure about taping the pins.

As others have stated, the X220 is more than sufficient. But, if you really are considering the X230 (like me, I figured why not?) I can help you with the classic keyboard mod if you're nervous. I was lucky enough to have a sacrificial classic keyboard (the space bar is missing the crossmember so you have to press near the center) so I wasn't scared to break it. I could send it to you so you can take it apart, see how I taped the pins, and that way you might gain the confidence to do it yourself. The ribbon cable is thin but quite tough, and it's really not that difficult once you see how it's all put together.

Another option is I could simply mod a new NMB keyboard for you if you don't care about the satisfaction of doing it yourself.

That's a really nice offer. I have an NMB keyboard on my x220 that I'd swap over if this machine broke. I've tried taping the pins before on a t430s, but the way I taped it must have created a gap between some of the connectors, because some of the buttons wouldn't work. It didn't short out, because the keyboard worked fine when I took off the tape.

If you used black electrical tape then you might want to try 1 mil Kapton tape instead. Also I've read that some people had better results when they added something to the sponge to apply more pressure to better press the pins together. That alone should fix your problem.

Thanks for the ideas. I think I used masking tape, which was probably not the right choice. Unless there's a substantial advantage to the 230, I'll probably end up buying another 220, because mine seems to be keeping up with most things fine, with 8 GB of RAM.

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