I named the "new" laptop trorbok, which is norweigen for "Think Book", at least according to Google translate.
I dropped PC-BSD 9.0 on it right away, and discovered that on the T60 it doesn't apparently handle suspending. So, along comes Debian to the rescue. Suspend and resume works.
At first I was using Gnome, as that is what I have been using for the last several years on my laptop. Then I remembered ratpoison.
So after a little bit of futzing to get xterm to behave, it's been a while since I used anything besides putty ( on Windows ) or gnome-terminal.
After using the trorbok for only a couple of days I realize how much more I like the keyboard on it than the keyboard on my macbook ( which is running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ). The "chicklet" keyboard just doesn't "feel" right to me. But then my first keyboards were on a Commodore64 and a Toshiba T1100+. I still have an old style mechanical switch keyboard that I am seriously thinking of sticking back on the desktop in my office/hamshack/workshop.