That was a possibility that crossed my mind while I was learning how to use Linux and some of the associated programs and drivers I may need. Never tried it so I really don’t know but I suspect there are some downsides in addition to some advantages.
It looks like the Thinkpad X131e has 4GB of RAM and about 300GB of disk space.
You might be able to set it up to dual-boot both Windows and Linux but you will be pushing the limits of the available resources and you won’t have much space left to install programs when you’re done.
Probably a better idea to choose one or the other as your O.S., it would run quite well as a pure Linux machine.
Thank you for that information. It looks like I will have to go with Linux in some form on the laptop. I can run one of my scanners using the desktop until I can find a Linux driver that can be used. The other things can be sorted out over time.