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dobbydobbs
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T580, Linux, Fingerprint reader and NFC.

edited typo in title - mod  (850->580)

 

I've shortlisted the T580 for a purchase, just wanted to ask what Lenovo's attitude to linux installs is. ThinkPads are well supported in Linux but how does that reflect in warranty provision, service etc? (obviosuly, service would not be expected for a custom installed OS like Linux).

 

I just wonder whether any issues may receive a "Oh, you installed Linux... tut tut... that is the problem." regardless of what issue one might have.

 

I've read that the fingerprint reader does not work in Linux. Is this still true ? If so, does that affect the NFC ? I ask because I noticed you can't select NFC without the fingerprint reader when configuring the system. I suspect that's because the NFC is provided by the fingerprint reader?

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Re: T580, Linux, Fingerprint reader and NFC.

AFAIK, usually if it's clearly a hardware problem they will acknowledge it as such and provide warranty accordingly. I haven't really heard stories about warranty being refused because the system was no longer the factory preload.

Furthermore, on systems with the storage as a customer replaceable unit, you can always opt to extract the drive with your personal data on it before shipping it out for warranty.

The fingerprint reader handling has had some success being reverse engineered for Linux (see github repos on the subject).

I doubt the NFC is handled using the fingerprint reader (I'm not 100% sure), but rather that they may sit on the same internal cable leading out of the motherboard making it simpler to offer both or neither. Or it could just be a regional thing.

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Henr
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Re: T580, Linux, Fingerprint reader and NFC.


@ColonelONeill wrote:
The fingerprint reader handling has had some success being reverse engineered for Linux (see github repos on the subject).

Could you please give us a link to those succesful fingerprint reader linux drivers. Thank you!

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Re: T580, Linux, Fingerprint reader and NFC.

I haven't checked lately, but it has been a year since I bought my T470 and still no fingerprint driver for Linux.  It is not like it is a necessity, so I really don't care.

 

Work being done:

 

https://github.com/nmikhailov/Validity90

 

https://github.com/hrenod/libfprint

 

Lenovo Discussion:

 

https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Linux-Discussion/Validity-Fingerprint-Reader-Linux/td-p/3352145

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Re: T580, Linux, Fingerprint reader and NFC.

For me, on my Lenovo Thinkpad L570, running Ubuntu 18.04, this was the solution!:

Section "1. FPrint" on “Fingerprint readers integration” team - https://launchpad.net/~fingerprint .

First:

To find out the ID of your fingerprint reader, run the “lsusb” command in Terminal and look into the sixth column of the output.

 

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