Installing Ubuntu on a ThinkPad X60 Tablet

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This report describes the installation and customization of Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04) on a Thinkpad X60 (6363) Tablet.

Installing without CD-Rom

I considered going the simple way and created a bootable usbstick with UNetbootin. Choose Ubuntu "live" (9.04) and all the required data is downloaded automagically and a proper stick is built.

What works out-of-the-box

  • Suspend to disk
  • Suspend to RAM
  • Atheros Wifi (ath5k)
  • Fn Hotkeys
  • Intel GMA 945 Acceleration (this breaks display rotation though...)
  • Bluetooth
  • Ethernet
  • Wacom stylus input

What does not work out-of-the-box

Automatic screen rotation on swivel

1. Check out this repository and build a package:

 bzr branch lp:~karl.hegbloom/tabuntu/tablet-screen-rotation-support
 cd tablet-screen-rotation-support
 cd ..
 sudo dpkg -i tablet-screen-rotation-support_0.1.8_i386.deb

2. Edit sudoers file...


... add this line..

 %video ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/setkeycodes

... and add your user to the 'video' group.

 sudo adduser $USER video

3. After a reboot the display and stylus rotate but unfortunately the screen gets garbled because of some graphic drivers bug. You have to turn of DRI to fix it. So you can get either DRI and desktop effects OR rotation. :(

 sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

add following line to your "Devices" section:

 Option		"DRI"	"off"