[ltp] Any experience with Thinkpad X1?

Robert Tomsick linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Tue, 20 Sep 2011 16:09:59 -0400

On Tue, 2011-09-20 at 09:20 -0400, rst@ai.mit.edu wrote:
> rst@ai.mit.edu writes:
>  > Hi.  I find myself suddenly in the market for a new laptop, and
>  > I'm considering the Thinkpad X1.  Has anyone got any experience
>  > to report on this machine?  Things I'm curious about are:
>  > 
>  >  *) Glitches in support for the basics (WiFi, suspend, external video)
>  >  *) Trackpad mouse gesture support (or some other way of getting 
>  >     three-button mouse equivalence)
>  >  *) Battery life
> Ummm... alternatively, are there other current models that people could
> particularly recommend?  (A local acquaintance reports good results with
> the T420s --- fairly vanilla install, and the only glitch is that the
> microphone doesn't come back after hibernate...)

I haven't yet had the pleasure of using an X1, but I'm pleased to report
that the T420 works quite well under Debian stable with two exceptions:

1) You'll need to install a newer X.org stack from squeeze-backports.

2) You'll need to run a 3.0.x kernel to avoid hard locks.

Both of those are quite easy to do, though, and apart from that I've had
a great time using Linux on my T420.

The T420s should (emphasis on "should") be the same, as the guts of the
machine are pretty much identical.

Oh, and avoid Optimus.  It can be beaten into submission on Linux, but
unless you absolutely need it it's probably more trouble than it's