Installing Gentoo 2008.0 beta2 on a ThinkPad X41 Tablet
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|Installation||Gentoo Minimal CD Installation||Yes|
|Other Installation Methods (LiveCD(DVD), etc...)||Not tested||Don't see why it shouldn't work though.|
|Display||Laptop Screen||Yes||Brightness controls work fine.|
|CRT / Projector||Yes||Well, sort of working...see below.|
|Power Management||Software Suspend (hibernate)||Not Tested||Working on getting TuxOnIce-sources working.|
|Suspend to Memory (ACPI sleep)||Yes||See details below.|
|Battery||Yes||Charge/discharge thresholds, etc... working with tp_smapi.|
|Bluetooth||Not Tested||Not present on my machine. Should work though.|
|Infrared||Not Tested||Didn't bother..don't have anything to test it with anyhow.|
|Extra Buttons||Keyboard Section||Yes||thinkpad-acpi driver|
|Tablet buttons||Yes||Using setkeycodes and xbindkeys.|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Yes||Using thinkfinger.|
|Harddisk Active Protection||Not Tested||Installed the tp_smapi hdaps driver, just haven't actively tested it yet.|
|X4 Ultrabase||Dock/Undock||Yes||Docking/Undocking requires a bit of tweaking...see below|
|Ultrabay||Yes||DVD/CD-RW drive works fine. Haven't tried hot swapping a drive.|
|SD Card reader||Not Tested||Should work.|
See Pre-Installation_steps for lots of good general info.
Note that this install was done with the Predesktop Area removed.
You probably should update the BIOS and HDD firmware if you haven't already.
Installation is very straightforward using the Gentoo x86 Handbook. I've tried to keep this guide independent of desktop environment. Wherever that is not true, it will (or should anyways) be noted.
The rest of the install guide assumes that you're following the Installation Handbook pretty much verbatim. Hopefully things are still clear if you're not.
The following subsections contain notes for each chapter of the Handbook.
I didn't try to get the wireless working for the install, rather I used wired networking. This worked like magic out of the box with the genkernel included on the install CD, wireless did not.
Works as advertised.
Installing the Gentoo Installation files
Here is what I found worked well for my /etc/make.conf:
CFLAGS="-O2 -march=pentium-m -pipe" CXXFLAGS="-O2 -march=pentium-m -pipe" MAKEOPTS="-j2" VIDEO_CARDS="i810 i830 i915" INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse wacom" USE="xscreensaver tetex latex acpi xinerama xrandr networkmanager gnome-keyring hdaps fluidsynth -kde" ALSA_CARDS="intel8x0"
Installing the Base System
I used the desktop subprofile for my system:
# ln -snf /usr/portage/profiles/default/linux/x86/2008.0/desktop /etc/make.profile