It came with a foul smelling keyboard, so that took some dismantling, cleaning, reassembling - to great success.
I tried an Arch core install, and it was ok but slow progress, so I put on Crunchbang, great distro but I'm very specific about what I want... so I start stripping it down, and breaking things. I had a chance to see the directory structure of Debian... and decide I'm very much more an rc.conf man. + Prefer pacman to apt(itude).
Then a severely nlited XP SP3... surprisingly sluggish. Couldn't for the life of me get the wireless drivers (out of the three intel provide) to work. Unpromising results, and unexpected challenges considering it's the native OS with a full GUI... so I settled on an Arch install again.
The Linux kernel and community - there would only be one choice, but out of their work I can have a fast and completely tailored OS for my hardware, for free, and I often take that for granted
This time with the net-install image, not the core install. It's well worth any extra downloading to avoid the current hiccups in updating the system / pacman.
At first the wireless would suddenly cut off - I downloaded rfkill, unblocked the soft block, and lo and behold - if a solid day of 100% wifi is anything to go by - somehow it was a permanent fix.
Desktop: No display manager. Spectrwm window manager, conky (battery/wifi/etc details) in the spectrwm bar.
Software at the moment: Jumanji browser with hints and no flash, Eclipse IDE for programming, VLC for media, Klevara for typing tuition, Alsamixer for sound, wicd-curses for network management. (I LOVE wicd.)
Only issue remaining: on boot there is a long timeout for the udev, from the readout it seems linked to my ethernet controller. In what way, I don't know. The ethernet works fine by the way.||
---- BATTERY / POWER MANAGEMENT
If the conky reading is accurate, so far it is, I am getting at least 4 HOURS with brightest display and wifi on
, from a second hand battery!The ThinkWiki entry on X40 is excellently detailed.
I set my govenor to 'conservative', and it hasn't needed more than the minimum 600Mhz to do what I need, bearing in mind that I run a light system. Runs very cool compared to modern netbooks.
So there we have it - long battery life, beautiful keyboard, everything within a terminal-like tiling interface but gui apps where needed...
My ThinkPad dream has come true. I feel like an astronaut with this thing.
Tomorrow I'll tar-gzip everything onto an external drive, I would be gutted to lose this configuration.
Out of the 8GB, 55% of root and 0% of home partitions are used. Conveniently compact for backups!