NOTE: I only write about a laptop for development use. My casual use machine is still mac ;)
Goodbye Macbook Pro 2016
I like Apple products, for example Mac mini, Macbook Air, Macbook Pro 2013, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Express, etc. These Apple products make me happy! But, I couldn’t make myself like the Macbook Pro 2016.
One day, I finally understand the reason why I hate new MBP. I hate butterfly keyboard. I always enjoy key typing. But, the Butterfly keyboard is tooo bad for me. I can’t enjoy happy hacking…
And, I don’t need Touch Bar (I like Touch ID). I decide to stop buying Apple’s high-end laptop for a few years.
Hello ThinkPad T480s
I think it is a time to use Linux desktop. I’m interesting to server-side and systems programming. I don’t need beautiful graphical environment.
- High-end laptop
- Good value for money (CPU, RAM, SSD, …)
- Non-glare display (11 - 14 inch)
- Keystroke (No too deep, No too shallow)
- US keyboard
- Lightweight (nearly 1 kg)
- Linux friendly hardware
How do I feel Ubuntu on ThinkPad T480s
- I can enjoy typing, it is goood keystroke!
- I can concentrate, thanks to non-glare display!
- The Black housing is so beautiful!! (like G3)
- It was less light than expected.
- It easy to install Ubuntu.
- Can’t use WWAN device in Ubuntu.
- Can’t use Fingerprint reader in Ubuntu.
- CPU Performance and TDP.
I’m enjoyng! Goodbye MBP!!
Install via USB
I wrote installer image to USB drive using MBP.
$ hdiutil convert -format UDRW \ -o ~/Downloads/ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64 \ ~/Downloads/ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.iso $ mv ~/Downloads/ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.img ~/Downloads/ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.dmg $ diskutil list ... /dev/disk2 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: FDisk_partition_scheme *7.9 GB disk2 1: DOS_FAT_32 USB3_NST1 7.9 GB disk2s1 $ diskutil unMountDisk /dev/disk2 $ sudo dd if=$HOME/Downloads/ubuntu-18.04-desktop-amd64.dmg of=/dev/rdisk2 bs=1m 1832+1 records in 1832+1 records out 1921843200 bytes transferred in 89.132149 secs (21561729 bytes/sec)
Basic key config
I’m an Emacs user.
$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.input-sources xkb-options "['ctrl:nocaps']" $ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-key-theme Emacs