Going Back to School and Tablet PCs

June 7th, 2005

Back in 1999, due to changing employment situations, I moved to Dallas, and then to Indiana. I’m back in Kansas now, and figure it’s about time I finish my computer science degree. I’ve got a full-time job now, though, so this means evening classes. Not all that much fun, but hey, it works.

One thing I’ve noticed is that there is far less available for part-time students as far as financial aid and scholarships are concerned. It’s almost as if we don’t exist.

Along with that, I’ve also been toying with the idea of purchasing a tablet PC that runs Debian. But I don’t really know where to go to learn about the different models. I found a comparison from last year, but I’d really like something more current. Acer seems to have a nice model, but it’s almost impossible to find it for sale in the USA anymore.

Any suggestions for a lightweight (around 3 pounds), decent tablet PC that doesn’t cost a huge amount of money? I’d like one that’s convertible (has a keyboard that can optionally be used).

Categories: General, tc1100 tablet

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  1. Jon Dowland

    IBM (well, Lenovo) have just (very recently) announced their first tablet PC: http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2005/06/thinkpad_x41_ta_1.html.

    I doubt it’ll fit your ‘cheap’ criteria, but The X41 is similar to the laptop X41 which is similar to the X40 which is renowned for being pretty good on linux, so it’s probably worth a look. I am looking forward to reports of linux success on it myself.

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    jgoerzen Reply:

    That does look very nice. I’ve been happy with thinkpads in the past, though the price tag is certainly an issue. The X41 isn’t out of line with the Compaq ones though.

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  2. jgoerzen

    Some have also suggested the HP tc1100. Looks nice and apparently nicely Linux-compatible.

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    Mike Beattie Reply:

    As do I…

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    jgoerzen Reply:

    Thanks for the link. I think my only concerns about that unit are 1) weight and 2) readability of the screen outdoors. It’s a pound heavier than the Thinkpad X41, but OTOH having known success with the hardware is a Good Thing. I heard from some other Debian developers that suspend doesn’t work yet (but is probably close); does that mirror your experience?

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