thinkpad

Qualcomm Gobi 2000 WWAN on RHEL5/CentOS-5

The backlight of my Thinkpad X200s stopped working reliably a few weeks ago and before using the warranty and shipping it back, I bought a Thinkpad X201 as a replacement. This system comes with a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 WWAN module (despite the box mentioning Ericsson F3507g) and while a driver exists, the device is something weird.

Moblin 2.1 on a Thinkpad X200s

This is marvelous !

While during the 1st Japan Linux Symposium Moblin wouldn't work on my X200s laptop, this weeks Moblin 2.1 release booted fine (unlike 2.0) and didn't freeze during initial usage (unlike the late October development releases) !

And I like what I experienced, in fact I was already convinced when I saw Greg KH use it for his presentation. A clean and concise interface, simple and convenient for those tasks that most people use computers for.

UMTS to the rescue, Red Hat only seconds behind

When I installed CentOS 5.2 on my Thinkpad X200s only to discover that neither my onboard ethernet (e1000e), nor my onboard wireless (iwlagn) was supported by CentOS 5.2's 2.6.18 kernel, I managed to manually configure my Bluetooth UMTS connection to my cellphone to fix my connectivity problems and get back in business in no time.

Funny how the newest technology (UMTS) apparently is better supported by older kernels than ethernet or wireless (ieee 802.11) technologies.

My rationale for the Lenovo Thinkpad X200s

My christmas present arrived early this year. Unfortunately, this one I had to buy myself but given the price-tag that is not a surprise.

I didn't need a new laptop per se, but the weight I was carrying sometimes (my own Thinkpad T43 and the customer Thinkpad T60) caused some neck pains. It probably is not completely related to that, but every excuse to buy a newer laptop is fine by me.

So what laptop was under the hypothetical christmas tree ? Well, the title gave it away already ;-)