The Quest for a Good AMD Ryzen Notebook With Linux Support - Winner: Lenovo Thinkpad L15

Nov 22, 2020 · 4 min read

On my quest for a well-working computer that is affordable, runs Linux smoothly, and works with two external monitors, I am sharing my experiences in researching about, and testing AMD laptops here. I hope to save the readers some time, and also want to link to the individual online debates for the nerdier topics. Also, see my previous write-up titled Lenovo ThinkPad L14 (L15) AMD Ryzen — maxing out hardware and other options.

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The quest for a good AMD Ryzen Notebook with Linux support — why Lenovo?

My personal quest was to find a solid notebook that I could use as a daily driver, but which essentially should not replace my desktop PC. My job requires me to travel frequently (yes, also in lock-down times), but only between 3 places where I don’t want to have the same desktop setups installed. Since Lenovo has been announcing that they “are bringing Linux certification to ThinkPads and ThinkStations” and further that they will be “launching Linux-ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs” — for me that meant that I want a Lenovo system. The recent benchmarks of AMD 4000 and 5000 series CPUs have been fantastic — and more so the Linux Kernel, which has a substantial amount of AMD Radeon code (more than 10% of the Linux Kernel is from AMD) made me look for an AMD Ryzen Lenovo notebook. Waiting for quite some time, I finally received the Lenovo L15 AMD Ryzen.

Alternative notebooks I had been taken into account

Lenovo L15 — additional hardware and extensions

Crazy hacks and extensions

In an upcoming text I will describe my quest on a good Linux workstation, which I recently finished selecting.

Please follow me on twitter: and let me know in the comments if you have any other pointers for the best mobile Linux experience. Also do let me know if you disagree with any of my suggestions.

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