The Best New Laptop For Running BSD (and Linux)Written by: Donovan / Last updated: Oct 1, 2022
I bought an X1 Carbon 6th Generation laptop (highest specs) from Lenovo because I wanted to put a BSD operating system on it. Started with FreeBSD and now settled on OpenBSD.
UPDATE: I just received the Generation 10 with highest specs. It’s now my FreeBSD daily driver but has a much poorer battery life compared to my Gen 6. I would recommend sticking with a new Gen 9 or refurb ( NewEgg , Amazon ) for now if you care about battery life.
The X1 Carbon laptop works almost flawlessly on OpenBSD out of the box. A few minor performance tweaks go a long way.
On FreeBSD, you’ll need
acpi_ibm for the function keys.
Nipple and trackpad are perfect with synaptics.
The usual things that don’t work (currently): bluetooth and fingerprint.
NOTE: Lenovo’s ordering and shipping experience is the worst I’ve ever experienced.View Archive