Trying out Arch Linux on a Lenovo T400!
First step after getting the T400 Dual Core Centrino 2.26GHz 4GB RAM: replace the 160GB spinning rust to a 120GB Samsung 840. Very easy to take out the old disk and put the new SSD in the carrier.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Lenovo_ThinkPad_T400 has some details.
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Installation_Guide and the Beginner’s Guide are quite helpful.
To make it easy, the partition layout I created with parted was:
mkpart: pri, 0%, 300M /boot ext4 – flag bootable
mkpart: pri, 300M, 100%, /, ext4
Install base and some important packages to disk after mkfs and mounting and setting up mirrors:
pacstrap /mnt base dialog iw wpa_supplicant grub parted sudo alsa-utils vim ttf-dejavu openssh screen
Beginners’_Guide had sufficient instructions to set up the boot loader, except this was needed or the grub-mkconfig would fail with syntax error.
echo “GRUB_DISABLE_SUBMENU=y” >> /etc/default/grub
After successful boot time to get a graphical display up and running :)
Beginner’s guide to the rescue: Beginners’_Guide#Graphical_User_Interface
Lightdm was easy to set up and worked right out of the box, which GDM did not. DWM was easy too, I think I can get used to using the ABS/makepkg stuff. Nicer than compiling it and copying the binary around.
Windows key is Mod4Key in config.h for DWM.
Packages and getting chromium-pepper-flash working:
- Install all the dependencies for Aura
- Download aura and makepkg -i install it
- aura -A chromium-pepper-flash
alsamixer and pressing “m” mutes/unmutes a channel :)