Don Marti

Sat 17 Nov 2012 06:43:40 AM PST

ThinkPad T430 running Linux

Selena Deckelmann and Matthew Garrett have both run into some issues with Linux support on Lenovo systems.

This is just a quick note to report on a different Lenovo experience: the Lenovo ThinkPad T430 has given me absolutely no grief whatsoever. I did a standard install of Fedora 18 alpha, and I did not have to configure anything for it to just work out of the box. Display, camera, wireless, everything. The one device I have not tried is the fingerprint scanner.

There are of course several versions of the T430. I have the 1600x900 display with the Intel graphics and the Intel SSD.

When I do an lspci on here, it's all Intel, Intel, Intel. (except for the Ricoh Co Ltd MMC/SD Host Controller, but that works fine, too. Just plug in an SD card and it comes right up in the GNOME 3 file manager.) So, great system all the way around. Thanks to Sarah Sharp at Intel and the rest of the Intel and Lenovo Linux teams for an excellent experience. (The T430 would be a no-brainer to offer through the ThinkPad laptops with no operating system page, if they ever get that going again. Just saying.)

Please feel free to get in touch if you're laptop shopping and have any questions about this—I can try something for you and report back if you like.