or, how Lenovo no longer annoys me.

I ordered a laptop on February 4, just over two months ago. It arrived on March 11 (at long last!) and I got it operating nicely within a day or two.

jaenelle, as I chose to name my new Lenovo ThinkPad T440p (following my fantasy character naming scheme), currently runs Arch Linux, one of the ‘independent’ (and very sensible) GNU/Linux distributions; that’s a big break from my usual taste in Red Hat distros (and I’ve made my opinions on Ubuntu apparent in the past).

Until FreeBSD’s UEFI support has stabilised sufficiently, it’s probably going to stay that way. I’ve found very little that convinces me that I should switch away from such a nice, light-weight, friendly distro (except for the little voice in my head shouting “Stockholm syndrome!”).

Some Odd Quirks

Linux is very nice on Lenovo ThinkPads in general. ThinkWiki is full of useful notes, as is the Arch Wiki, but nearly everything Just Works out of the box. There are a few subliminal gotchas, though:

I haven’t yet tested the cup-holder (!) or the SD card slot. Port replication to a dock works very nicely, and the system happily drives three screens over eDP, DisplayPort/VGA and DisplayPort/DVI-D. It also pulls ~8 hours on a single charge, which is very nice.