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T460p and Linux?

2021-08-28, 4:29 AM

I have a T460p I want to convert from windows to Linux, is there a certain flavor Linux I should use, and are there any known issues moving it from Windows 10 pro to Linux that I should be aware of? Specs for the machine are in my signature below. Thanks! - Dave

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Re:T460p and Linux?

2021-08-28, 11:42 AM

Hi

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But starting with a LIVE version is my BEST suggestion.

 

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Re:T460p and Linux?

2021-08-30, 9:16 AM

No, not really. The hardware is old enough that it is very well supported in all major distributions. Just pick one with a large community and you should be fine. If you are a first-time user I would suggest you go to a distribution that uses apt or rpm as packages (Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, Mint) since they are the ones that offer packages for common windows-also software without too much trouble. If you want to learn a bit more about your system, something arch-based (like Manjaro) might be better. In all cases, you should be just fine.

 

Edit: I noticed you also mention migrating from Windows. Are you planning to dual boot or not? Bitlocker might be an issue here.

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Re:T460p and Linux?

2021-08-30, 14:50 PM

I was thinking of going for a clean install with either Ubuntu or Mint, but not sure which would be better support-wise for the Lenovo T460p. I've used Ubuntu and Mint before, but its been a while since playing with them, starting from scratch, so a newbie, but not quite. 

 

I want to give a serious try at replacing Windows, at least for testing purposes, and one thing I want to try is accessing my work VPN. I currently use the Sonicwall Global VPN client to connect, and I saw someone recommend to use OpenSwan in Lunux, so I want to give it a shot with my older backup PC.

 

Thanks for the help! :-)

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(48 Month - Premier Warranty : Accidental Damage Protection : Keep Your Drive)
Thinkpad T460p : i7-6820HQ : 16GB : 512GB SSD : 14" WQHD (2K) : NVIDIA 940MX
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Re:T460p and Linux?

2021-08-30, 15:05 PM
I've never used Sonicwall VPN but from a quick Google search it looks like it is a standard l2tp/ipsec VPN, so you should not have too many problems, in fact NetworkManager might even have a plugin for it so you don't even need to touch the cli in order to set it up. As for Ubuntu or Mint, they are pretty similar, I'd go for mint since it offers nice out of the box alternatives (cinnamon DE is pretty nice) but both will serve you well. Having used on some laptops I recall that it also has support for the closed source Nvidia drivers OOTB so you should also be set on that front.
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Re:T460p and Linux?

2021-08-30, 17:38 PM

I did some more looking into how to use an alternative Linux solution to the Sonicwall Global VPN client, and it doesn't look good, kind of blows my plans away for setting up a Linux machine for work access. I can't find anyone who was successful in making this work, and not sure why Sonicwall doesn't make the Sonicwall Global VPN client for Linux. Ugh!

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X1 Carbon (Gen 9) : i7-1185G7 : 32GB : 1TB SSD PCIe Gen4 : 14.0" WQUXGA (4K)
(48 Month - Premier Warranty : Accidental Damage Protection : Keep Your Drive)
Thinkpad T460p : i7-6820HQ : 16GB : 512GB SSD : 14" WQHD (2K) : NVIDIA 940MX
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