Make no mistake about it! The small label on the case may say “lenovo,” but this is the last of the IBM battleship-class ThinkPads. Designed and built by IBM to take a beating and keep competing. The T400 first came out way back in 2008, and I bought mine manufacturer reconditioned a couple of years later. It is still going strong. This is the second laptop I’m using to evaluate the Lenovo Creative Suite and its constituent software to serve as my new basis for digital image development.
The boot install process went so smoothly that it was unmemorable. If you have never boot installed Linux onto a machine with an existing operating system load on primary disk, there can be one small hurdle. Linux installs can rearrange the contents of a primary disk drive and install alongside the existing operating in support of a dual boot strategy. If you are planning to overwrite all the existing disk contents, as I was, there is a small dance to make sure you have configured the install process to do that.
I’ve added an external monitor as “second head” and replaced the original internal disk drive with a larger one. I plan to use this machine primarily to evaluate the imaging software tools. (Please see future blog posts for my learnings and observations.)
The most impressive observation is how well Fedora and the Open Source Photography tools work on this old iron. I’ll be using this machine for most of my upcoming reporting on my experience with the various photography tools.