Flat Pack arrived

There it is. I had to wait for a few weeks for the flat pack. The new Lenovo X300 is flat, indeed. But even if many reviews compare it to Apple´s MacBook Air, it feels like it is bigger and heavier a lot. I migrated today from an Thinkpad X60 to the new X300. The X300 is significantly wider. Good for working with the excellent keyboard, but bad for my small bag.

Some other experiences from this afternoon: The X300 has no PCMCIA slot anymore. Not realy a surprise you would say. But after I installed my UMTS card software package I tried to insert the card – and so I found out what I would know if I had read the specs. No slot. OK, have to order a USB card.

The rest of the day I had to fight with Windows Vista. The X300 comes with Vista, of course. Some of my colleagues recommended to downgrade immediatly to XP, some not. I decided to keep Vista and to learn how to live with it. So it was a big hazzle for me, dealing with that new filesystem, finding my files, getting the WLAN with Vista to work with my old Draytek Vigor router (-> very helpful link), removing some Bluetooth permissions for receiving vcards with Lotus Notes (slowed down the X300 so I was nearly about to throw it out of the window), and so on.

Now everything is fine. Some will say “better buy a Mac”. Yes, I will. Some will say, “if you realy want an X300, buy a Raven“. No, I prefer Ubuntu on my Desktop – running now Lotus Notes 8.5 public beta with official Ubuntu 8.04 support 🙂

2 Responses to “Flat Pack arrived”


  • This past December I traded in my X31 for an X61. While I was very much in awe of the Airbook, when I found all the extra pieces it lacked and some of the general compromises that were made I was put off a bit. While sure it’s pretty amazing what they achieved, and while I really enjoy small and light in the end I couldn’t live without what I’d had grown used on the ThinkPads. And then the X300 came out and I awed again.

    I had my X61 shipped with Vista Business and had not seriously used Ubuntu or Linux prior. I did come from the days of DOS and NetWare so command line was no stranger. And I quickly got fed up with issues with Vista and my USB720 Verizon broadband not working. So in Feb. I ended up installing Ubuntu 7.10 64bit as my dual boot.

    Wow. It was like performance I hadn’t experienced since the DOS days. It took so little time to boot and most things worked right. Now sure there are annoyances every now and then with things that I’ve taken for granted with ThinkPads and Windows.. Like the ThinkPad Access Connections – wow do I miss that! And Fn+F7 showing options to switch to and it working perfectly and seeing the connection info of my USB720 broadband. Things have gotten a little better with Ubuntu 8.04 and I’m hoping the emphasis they are planning on 8.10 for laptops shows more polish here.

    I’ve since converted 2 people to Ubuntu and now have several W2K3 servers replaced with Ubuntu 8.04 server. 🙂

    That X300 is dual core 64bit. Did you install 64bit Ubuntu? And if yes, how’d you get Notes 8.5 beta working?

  • Hi Gennady, still the same answer 😉 No 64bit support. IBM ignores 64bit support for Linux platform at all. Maybe 9.0?

    But: I run Ubuntu 8.04 with Notes 8.5 Beta 1 on my desktop system, not on my Laptop. As I mentioned there is a special distribution called Raven for the X300. But for now I will stay with Vista on my Notebook.

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