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07-31-2009

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Linux experience on thinkpads

2009-11-12, 14:48 PM

I have xubuntu 9.04 64bit on my T500 and it runs very smoothly - have you guys tried linux ?

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08-28-2009

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2009-11-12, 16:23 PM

I'd love to give it a shot, but since there's no support for switchable graphics what so ever... no-go...

 

All the solutions to this issue resulted in either turning the switchable graphics off what kind off defeats the purpose of having bought it in the first place or losing 3D in some way...

Thinkpad T500 2082-7SG
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11-06-2009

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2009-11-12, 18:07 PM

I tried my linux on a usb stick for several day, and it works well with my T400.

Actually, I installed gOS (based on ubuntu) to the usb stick with my former HP laptop. I'm also surprised to see that it works even without changing anything.

I also tried Fedora 11 live cd, everything, including the wireless, works well.

 

Only problem is the bad power manager in linux.  

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12-08-2009

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2009-12-08, 14:02 PM

I have a thinkpad t60 running a usb stick version of kubuntu netbook remix right now with very few issues

My hardware is as follows:

0:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
15:00.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1510 PC card Cardbus Controller

and I have run all sorts of linux on here via live cds and usb pen drive etc as work pc is windoze (yawn!) and I cannot install what I would like to.

 

Try downloading a live image and test it on what you are running.

 

Let me know if you need any help

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09-01-2009

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2009-12-25, 20:08 PM

I have Linux running on my T400 for the past 3 months. I do not have Windows nor do I miss it.

Everything works nicely if you use a modern distribution like the latest Ubuntu, Fedora 12, latest Opensuse.

 

The power consumption is getting better, using the latest kernel 2.6.32 I can get 4 hours of battery with wireless, and up to 5 hours with wireless off.

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03-15-2009

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2009-12-26, 23:46 PM

Hello

Let me share my experience with My Lenovo SL 300

With Ubuntu keys works backwords

Suse not all drivers work: no volume keys and bunch of other stuff

I never though that having Thinkpad and Linux would that bad.

 

*** Lenovo SL 300 P8600 3GB memory and 160 GB HD***
***WIndows XP pro SP3***
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07-26-2009

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2010-01-03, 1:43 AM

I've been dual-booting Kubuntu/Vista for a year.  No hardware problems.  I no longer use my stationary machines as a desktop.

 

I would gladly pay a developer a premium for a distro that was better maintained.  Don't get me wrong -- I really like Kubutu.  Problem is that they keep making changes and introducing new bugs.  I just want something that WORKS!

 

 

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09-01-2009

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2010-01-04, 16:35 PM

Rhinert, use Debian Linux.

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11-28-2009

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2010-01-05, 6:33 AM

Yes Debian and other Linux systems are more stable.

Also note that every 2 years the "LTS" (Long Term Support) version of Ubuntus gets released. This is supposed to be more stable and there is support offered for it for I thinkk 3 years or so. The next LTS for Ubuntu will be in August but I'm not sure if it's the same for Kubuntu.

 

Personally I have recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 as a dual-boot with the preinstalled Windows XP, on my SL500 Thinkpad.

 

I was amazed with it as it was the first time I have used Linux and I was always using Windows. I recommend anyone interested in computers to try Linux out, though I must warn that it does need extra time to get accustomed to if you are used to Windows. If you don't have the extra time, I recommend leaving it for until you do.

 

 

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06-03-2008

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Re: Linux experience on thinkpads

2010-01-21, 0:26 AM

I've used Linux since 2006: 1) SUSE, then 2) Debian, then 3) Ubuntu.  Ubuntu is really nice.  However, I agree with the other poster who mentioned switchable graphics support, or lack thereof.  I don't like disabling it.  So, since I purchased a new W500 (last week), I'm only using Windows 7 (which, so far, is extremely nice).  Another thing I've always disliked about Linux is what I refer to as display rendering.  The rendering of documents/spreadsheets never looked as good as they did in XP or 7.  Why is that?

 

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