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I still didn't decide between #Arch or #Debian #Linux for my new #ThinkPad #P14s Gen 1 with #AMD processor and grafics card.
I need:

  • Full disk encryption
  • #Xfce
  • Resume from disk (while full disk encryped including SWAP)
  • VirtualBox



Really tempted to try #Debian, currently have #Mint running on the old machine, but I also like Arch.
B.t.w., Why virtualbox? Did you try vmmanager (qemu, etc...)? Been using it for a few years now. I love it to test distro's in it
@Hans Wolters the Windows VMs I need to use where supplied as VirtualBox VMs. Also don't like the virtmngr GUI, never got that working nicely. What GUI do you use, does clipboard work fine?
Never tried that clipboard to be honest since I see it as a different machine. To be honest I would see that as a security issue if I can past between a vm and my own machine or a different vm.

For me the virtmngr is just a tool, it is easy to create new machines and it can import isos. It even seems to run windows so you can try both virtualbox and virtmanager.
@Hans Wolters
Never tried that clipboard to be honest since I see it as a different machine. To be honest I would see that as a security issue if I can past between a vm and my own machine or a different vm.
Yes, guess so, but for the sake of safety of all of us, lets hope it is safer than the Windows 10 host I could use instead. 😉

Edit: I sometime have to work in safety relevant areas, I think at some point things will change there and they will provide computers to work with instead. I had clients doing that. But it is a pain in the ass, it really limits my performance, my work is hindered.
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I forgot #DisplayLink in the list of things I need, I rember there were some kernel versions that have problems with DisplayLink, but anyway compiling the modules is not that hard.
Installing #Arch now, second choice. With #Debian during install the wifi didn't work, the touchpad didn't work and on first boot #Xfce did not start, just a blinking cursor.

Lets see how it is with Arch, I will update again.
To be honest, I never even knew there was a non-free one.
@Hans Wolters the non free is fine in many cases, especially if you don't have the latest HW I guess. At least I'd imagine that the FW that was missing now will moved to the free part? But no clue.
Most of the installs I did on real hardware were here at home. Mostly installed it on vmware and on some strange HP hardware.
@Hans Wolters hmm well, maybe better than Lenovo with RTL chips.
Arch works fine, need to adjust some things, add swap file, but it booted fine and touchpad, wifi and so seems to be working fine. I used archfi for installation, it offers many options bit it takes a long time. Wish someone would offer a faster way. For my servers I got a script, whole server installation takes about 1 minute with all I need. 😛
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I know, only fully manual is the right way... but it really is hard to do manually. Trust me, I did it before.
I came back to #Mint with #Xfce, the lowest effort to get a running system. I guess you can also accomplish what I did with Debian or Arch, but I would have had to put more work into it. So #Linux Mint is the OS for now. The #Lenovo #P14s is running fine with it, I still have to add the grub (??) boot hooks for hibernation, this is never working, most users seem not to used suspend to disk, but only suspend to RAM. I like the suspend with all data saved to an encrypted SWAP drive better, it gives me the safety that my RAM content can't be read easily, but that probably is not that save too, but still the suspend to disk is better as it will allow long phase suspend without charging.

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