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For Linux, the Lenovo X or T series are the way to go. I've had ~5 of them over the last ten years and they're great. They're built like tanks, are very well supported by Linux, and are modular and easy to upgrade.

Are Lenovos still built like tanks? Comments on their product pages are mixed. Plus they are switching towards some wonky (for me at least) keyboards. I have a W500 that I love but fear I won't be able get something as solid in the future as Lenovo becomes Dell.

My X220 is now 3+ years old and has a crack below the trackpad area which is too thin and obviously not strong enough. It still works and there isn't any other damage but I wouldn't say the newer sleeker versions are built like tanks.

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