The Linux Plunge?

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  1. renaissanceman80

    renaissanceman80 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    So... I've been eyeing Linux for years now... Mostly because of ideology. I'm certainly computer literate, but I am also no author... If I install Linux on my x61 Tablet will I spend a disproportionate amount of time learning how to use my new computer?
    I'm willing to work for information socialism... but I'm hesitant to be a slave to it. Will my tablet work like magic once it's installed? Will I be able to install all the software I normally could (video games, random freeware and even the occasional gasp Microsoft product) without taking a crash course in programing every time?
    I want to expand my computer literacy, and this seems an excellent way to get started, but new things frighten and confuse me. I checked out the Ubuntu website and have a few specific questions:

    * I've heard "Gusty Gibbon" mentioned, but the Ubuntu website only mentions Ubuntu 7.10... is there a difference?
    *Is Ubuntu, or Gusty Gibbon, the best choice?
    *Is there a nice written pdf on Linux that I can soke up using my tablet's functionality (the main reason I want a tablet, endless PDF readings). On Ubuntu I found a ghastly hypertext information section that was thoroughly overdivided and too much trouble to navigate.

    Thanks in advance, except to the people who don't respond... :D
    RM
     
  2. SimsHsia

    SimsHsia "I will do science to it" Senior Member

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    Ubuntu 7.10 == Gutsy Gibbon; it is the latest available version of Ubuntu. I heard that they are planning to have the next version release soon, like March or April 2008 -- but definitely before the summer. Just remember that there are derivative flavors of Ubuntu, like Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc (one uses the KDE GUI, another is a lightweight OS, etc, respectively). :D

    There's also Ubuntu 6.10 LTS (Long Term Support) or "Dapper Drake"; LTS just means that Ubuntu will continue to release patches until June 2009.

    There is also a wealth of information from fellow Lenovo Tablet PC owners who have successfully loaded up Ubuntu, but there are a few problems here and there (i.e. CPU stepping, X60t/X61t MV/MT touchscreen won't work).

    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/showthread.php?t=10877
    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/showthread.php?t=8708

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    Granted, I'm sure that fellow Lenovo Tablet PC Ubuntu users will chime in and help you out. :)
     
  3. schmolch

    schmolch Scribbler - Standard Member

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    No

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    No

    No


    You can download and burn the Ubuntu-LiveCD.
    It runs Ubuntu from the CD without touching your Harddisk.
    That way you can see what its like.
     
  4. Harrowed

    Harrowed Toshiba M700 User! :D

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    schmolch, I'd have to disagree with all of your statements but then they're not a Linux enthusiast so I doubt they'd have fun compiling WINE from command line :( Best bet.. Run Ubuntu Live CD as said above BUT expect a few things not to work off the bat :( It's sad but true.
     
  5. renaissanceman80

    renaissanceman80 Pen Pal - Newbie

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    As I said, I'm willing to work a little bit to get it going, I'm just wondering how much work it will be and whether or not it's a reasonable goal for someone who can use a computer very well and is rather google proficient when he comes up dry but who has no programing experience whatsoever.

    I'm willing to spend an hour or two in forums looking up what to do... but the thought of "editing code" terrifies me... is this a reasonable fear?

    RM
     
  6. schmolch

    schmolch Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Getting the Tablet Pen to work is trivial, you just have to uncomment a few lines in a configuration file, takes about 2m.
    Editing configuration files is not necessary often, but for some things - especially those that are used by only few people, like Tablet-PCs - there are no GUIs yet.

    If the Linux-Software that is available can fulfill all your needs is something you would have to find out for yourself (or specify in more detail what it is you need).


    PS: I use my x60t for the same purpose, reading/annotating of PDFs, and i use Linux exclusively since 10 years.
     
  7. Nordlibris

    Nordlibris Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I'd recomend opensuse for somebody with little to no experience with linux. The setup tool YAST(similar to windows controll center) sports a gui setup for the screen and input devices like wacom.

    Personally I haven't tried it, but I'll give you some info as soon as my m700 clears the toll authoroties.

    http://software.opensuse.org/ <- that is the download link for opensuse. For the live cd if you want to try the tools before you install.
     
  8. iRabbit

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    Interesting you say that Nord... the TabletKiosk i440D can be ordered with OpenSuse instead of Windows...
     
  9. Nordlibris

    Nordlibris Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I'm not to suprised by that Bunnyman :). Even though my tablet is still stuck in customs I've been browsing through the opensuse docs on tablet computing and I it's pretty clear that they have put quite a bit of effort into providing the user with tools.

    renaissanceman80: If you go the opensuse route. Then it would be advisable to add the following repo: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/dkukawka/ There you'd be able to get a sax module to autoconfigure your thinkpad x61. To find out how to add repos look here: http://en.opensuse.org/Additional_YaST_Package_Repositories

    Sax and the other gui tools that opensuse use are prety self explanatory, but detailed information is available at en.opensuse.org.
     
  10. Darak

    Darak <This space for rent PST>

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    In Ubuntu 7.10, WINE is a one-click install from Synaptic. I've recently been setting up 7.10 on an old pc to give away since I couldn't restore XP to it, and though I have no Linux experience, with a bit of Googling I found most of the answers I needed, but very few problems arose really. I haven't installed anything by command line yet as everything I've needed was preinstalled or was installed via Synaptic (the download & install program).
     
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