Ubuntu Linux on my IBM Thinkpad

Linux for human beings

Originally uploaded by Santosh Dawara.

More pictures of the Ubuntu Live CD booting up on my Thinkpad.

I am very impressed by Ubuntu. After watching or hearing of several friends installing the International Linux distribution, I thought I would give it a try. I got the Live CD of their website, burnt it to Disc and booted up. The boot up process was a little slower than I expected – being a Live CD, that was quickly forgiven. I was most impressed by the GNome Window Manager.

Pleasures: Apart from the fact that its Linux and is Open? None yet.


  • The Ubuntu installation ships with GNome optimized for the OS.
  • Clean fonts, professional icons, great user experience.
  • Ubuntu invite hardware feedback after you install, the feedback is used to update a HW DB.
  • The O.S is quick and responsive unlike older versions of Linux where you ‘felt’ like you were using a WindowManager over the O.S.
  • Wireless network access was configured out of the box
  • My external NTFS-formatted drive was immediately mounted over USB.
  • Hard drive tools now show the drive size in MB instead of blocks.
  • Most Thinkpad laptop management functionality was available to me, including power source details.


  • Mp3’s won’t play in the player that ships with Ubuntu (RhythmBox 0.9.0 for GNome).
  • My Thinkpad T43 scroll button was inactive. I probably will have to figure out what needs to be done to get it work.

I have been using Linux since 1999 thanks to Praveen who introduced me to it.


3 Comments on “Ubuntu Linux on my IBM Thinkpad”

  1. Pablo Ares says:

    What is the mp3 player that does not work? Can you play other sound files?


  2. ramadji says:

    Hey Santosh, I agree with you that Ubuntu is awesome. There are been a lot of improvement going from Warty to Breezy Badger. I have Ubuntu running on 4 of my desktops and one Dell laptop at home and I love it so far. You’re right about the MP3 thingy. It doesn’t play .mp3 files. I really don’t know what I’m missing but I tried so many times. Maybe reading Ubuntu Forum can be helpful.
    Ram –

  3. Just finished replacing vista with Ubuntu Gutsy + Compiz Fusion + cairo dock on a Sony Vaio VGN-C25G.

    Its awesome.. the boot up from HD used to take around 14min while in Vista, but now less than 30 seconds.