I recently upgraded to a Thinkpad X-61 running Gutsy --- here are some brief notes on the move. In summary, all is well, and I like Gutsy running on the X-61.
Here are things to be aware of both from a hardware and software perspective. All of this is with X and GNOME turned off; note that some of the tips e.g. turning off the display as described here, will cause havoc with X.
vbetool dpms off
vbetool dpms on
vbetoolcommand to the relevant script in
amixer--specifically run command
mix. Specifically, plugging in an external mike does not disable the internal microphone.
emacs22Ubuntu packages appear to mostly work as well. One irritation with some of the prepackaged bundles of Emacs under Ubuntu is that they dont install the Emacs Lisp sources, and this will bite if you try compiling packages like Emacs/W3.
All in all, the upgrade to Gutsy was mostly painless --- other
than having to figure out the usual nits about the new hardware.
/proc/acpi/ibm support is further along but not
yet complete--- as an example
does not yet control the state of the LCD --- and you cannot
query the state of the display reliably through that interface.
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