@kayden the year of the linux desktop was over a decade ago, we just need to return.
(half joking, but I can't deny that I want a desktop that feels like what I imagine these images to be like from time to time)
IBM had only recently sold its ThinkPad division to Lenovo. It would take a few more years for the effects of that to set in. Until then, there were lots of reliable and high-quality laptops still on the market.
Apple had only recently started to make computers that were price-competitive, and the effects weren't visible yet.
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