Installing Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) on a ThinkPad Edge 13" (Intel)
This guide is for a Thinkpad Edge 13" with Intel processors.
(K)Ubuntu 10.04 LTS supports this model out-of-the-box, including 3D desktop effects, hibernate, built-in webcam and wireless.
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
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
There does not seem to be a way to update the BIOS from Linux.
Hard Disk Noise
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....
BATT_HD_POWERMGMT=254 LM_AC_HD_POWERMGMT=254 NOLM_AC_HD_POWERMGMT=254
This number can be tuned to an acceptable Load_Cycle_Count by using hdparm with sudo....
sudo hdparm -B 254 /dev/sdX