Installing Ubuntu 6.10 on a ThinkPad X41 Tablet
This document describes the process of (installing and?) configuring Ubuntu Edgy Eft (final release expected October 2006) on a Lenovo ThinkPad X41 Tablet. With whatever relevance it may have, the particular model number used in testing was an 1869CSU. Keep in mind that at this document's inception 6.10 is a development version of the Ubuntu Linux OS.
Tablet Screen Rotation (updated i810 drivers)
This edition of Ubuntu (Edgy) has XRandR enabled i810 drivers, which allow you to rotate your screen orientation on the fly. The command xrandr -o [orientation] will rotate your screen to your liking. For more information about the xrandr command, refer to the man file (man xrandr).
Wireless seems to be supported flawlessly in terms of drivers, though I'm not sure how well the built-in Network Manager works. I use the iwconfig command to manage my wireless, as I have a need to create pseudo-"profiles", and in this document I will describe this alternative process.
Fingerprint Reader Support
Honestly, I care very little about the fingerprint functionality. Its only real use seems to be for gksu-type logins while the tablet is swiveled down, which doesn't occur often in my setup. If someone wants to explore/expound, please do, but I won't include any details about the fingerprint reader in this document.
The installation process didn't require anything exceptional. Feel free to fill in the blanks if it could be useful.
Like in all ThinkPad Xorg configurations, add the following under the "Configured Mouse" device to enable TrackPoint scrolling:
Option "EmulateWheel" "true" Option "EmulateWheelButton" "2"