Yeah, the thinkpads are built like tanks. The old ones had some problems but the newer ones do run great. Figured I would get one of the T60's since they have the core duo in them which will make linux really fast. Will also make sure I order one with the atheros card in it for the linux support. I was watching and checking on notebookreviews.com and they all seem to really like to recommend dells and compaqs. They aren't necessarily bad but I can get a thinkpad for the same price or cheaper. Which is a bonus.
Thanks for the replies. I will probably go ahead and get a Thinkpad T60. My boss is going to send me to the IBM ethical hacker class next year which requires a Thinkpad T series with both xp or 2000 loaded and gentoo. I was just looking to see if I could do it all without getting a laptop. Not much of a big deal since the wife has already said ok to me buying a laptop.
It is pretty good that my work pays for it. But then again I work for IBM. They did give me the opting to go to the boot camp. But I figured I would do the self study and then either go to either the CHFI or IBM EH course next year.