Switching from Macbook Pro to Linux powered Thinkpad T470p

This morning I received my T470p I ordered as a replacement for my aging Macbook Pro. I have been on the looking for a couple of months now since it became clear Pro is not exactly for professionals anymore in the Apple product line.

After customizing various models on the Lenovo website I settled for the T470p. I really needed more than 32Gb RAM and a good CPU so I ordered the maxed out T470p. Waiting was hell, especially since my order came 3 weeks later than initially estimated :/

But today was the day (UPS said it would be tomorrow but it got here today, so a nice suprise!). After booting a Fedora 27 live cd all looked good: everything worked as I wanted and the installation went without a hickup. No need to disable secureboot, change any BIOS options (I did enable VT-X but that is unrelated to Linux installation / functioning) or had to fiddNewle with anything to get a perfectly usable laptop.

I’ve been a thinkpad user some years back but for various reasons I switched over to Mac OS for some time. Coming back to the trackpoint was a really good feeling 🙂 So far the biggest problem has been adjusting to a new keyboard layout and shortcuts.

The HiDPI scaling is too much for me at 200%, 100% is better but Gnome / Wayland really needs a 150%/125% option.

Since I’ve only had this machine since this morning I can’t really comment on battery usage or long term use yet. Should anything come up or if anyone has questions I’ll get more updates here.

The specs

  • Intel i7-7700HQ
  • 14″ WHQD (2560×1440) IPS non-touch
  • 32 GB DDR4
  • Nvidia GeForce 940MX
  • 512GB NVMe SSD

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