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Started with old Toshiba laptops, 80486 with Desktop Light Linux and 8086 with Embedded Linux Kernel Subsystem (ELKS). They were ugly enough to be loved.

Then I got a 1996 IBM ThinkPad 760ED my father found at a customer's electronic scrapyard. I immediately fell in love with the matt-black finish and the haptics of rubber-like surface. Another cool feature which drew my attention were the fixable mouse keys. Never saw this very useful feature again anywhere else, not even on predecessors or successors of the 760.

The 760ED works fine except sound, even APM and IrDA work. It runs Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (Sarge) with up-to-date 2.4 and 2.6 vanilla kernels. It still runs for 2.5h on batteries (maybe the previous owner exchanged them) thanks to laptop-mode. And since I don't (want to) own a modern laptop, it became my default laptop. It's always funny to appear and work with an over 10 years old laptop on conventions or congresses, especially of it runs an up-to-date operating system and up-to-date software. :-)

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