On 2/4/2020 16:48, gregrwm wrote:
> If I was to install a linux OS on a home laptop again, I think I would 
> go with Linux Mint or Elementary OS. I have Linux Mint on a laptop that 
> I use for work when I travel and it is just fine for all the basics. It 
> boots nicely and I only have a couple of minor complaints (haven't 
> figured out how to turn off the touchpad via the function keys or system).

On Mint 19 go to Menu > Preferences > Mouse and Touchpad then slide 
'Enable Touchpad' button to off. This at least works on all Thinkpads I 
have tried.