[ltp] T410(s) support [was: recommended laptops of new batch?]

Christoph Schmees linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:48:40 +0100

Am 13.11.2013 20:35, schrieb Robert Tomsick:
> On Wed, Nov 13, 2013, at 11:34 AM, Robert Tomsick wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 13, 2013, at 11:26 AM, Sean Leonard wrote:
>>> On Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:03:41 -0800, Mark Wotton <mwotton@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> I'm looking to upgrade from my t410 - while it's a lovely machine in many
>>>> ways, the linux compatibility doesn't seem to be that great (suspend has
>>>> never worked, hibernate took some effort, sound still drops out
>>>> unpredictably.)
>>> Wow, I'm surprised to hear this.  What distro are you running?
>>> I have a T410s running Kubuntu 12.04.x (since release and moving up with
>>> the minor versions)
>>> Suspend has worked well for me, though I suspect I have the known battery
>>> drain problem that I haven't troubleshot.
>>> Sound has not been an issue, quirks of complicated multi-sync and -source
>>> pulseaudio configurations notwithstanding.
>>> I have had some issues, mostly with X and KDE failing that i suspect is
>>> the
>>> fault of either them or the driver for the Intel integrated graphics, and
>>> with occasional kernel panics I haven't debugged.
>>> I'm curious if others have smoothed out rough edges like mine or Mark's?
>> I ran a T410 with Debian for a couple years.
>> Suspend worked flawlessly.  I never used hibernate making it work
>> without being a gaping security hole was a bit of a hassle.  Sound
>> worked flawlessly out of the box.
>> Power consumption and GPU compatibility improved dramatically over the
>> years I used it, but it wasn't horrible out of the gate either.
> Oops, that should read "[...] never used hibernate *since* making it
> work [...]"

hm - what sort of security hole are you talkig about?

You are arware of the fact that all ThinkPads allow BIOS (TPM) 
based transparent encryption of the HD? Transparent meaning: You 
have to supply your PW (or your fingerprint, if available) *once* 
at power on; subsequently (until power off) the HD can be 
accessed from any OS, multi boot as well. OS doesn't know and 
doesn't need to know about encryption. Works flawlessly, and as 
secure as your PW is. BTDT, many times.