ThinkPad Edge 13" Series
This page gives an overview of all ThinkPad Edge 13" Series related topics. The Edge 13" exists both in a Intel and AMD processor model.
ThinkPad Edge 13" (Intel)
(K)Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
(K)Ubuntu 10.04 LTS supports this model out-of-the-box, including 3D desktop effects, hibernate, built-in webcam and wireless.
The combined headphone/microphone socket, however does not. As per https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-backports-modules-2.6.32/+bug/549289/comments/4 you need to add the line
options snd-hda-intel model="olpc-xo-1_5"
to the end of /etc/modprobe.conf/alsa-base.conf
The 13" model has no optical drive, so you must use something like usb-creator to put the ISO image of the LInux distribution on a (1 gig or larger) USB stick, then boot from that.
There are more details on this at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick
There does not seem to be a way to update the BIOS from Linux.
The package laptop-mode-tools may cause the spindle on the hard drive to be parked too frequently, causing an audible click as per https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acpi-support/+bug/59695. This can be solved by making sure /etc/laptop-mode/laptop-mode.conf is set to control hard disk power management
And by changing the default hard disk management to 254, as per the workaround in the bug report.
This number can be tuned to an acceptable Load_Cycle_Count by using hdparm with sudo
sudo hdparm -B 254 /dev/sdX
OpenSUSE 11.3 supports this model out-of-the-box, including 3D desktop effects, hibernate, built-in webcam and wireless.
The combined headphone/microphone socket and the built-in microphone, however do not.
A workaround is to add the following line at the beginning of /etc/modprobe.d/50-sound.conf:
options snd-hda-intel model=olpc-xo-1_5
ThinkPad Edge 13" (AMD)