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A Match Made in Tech Heaven: Ubuntu and Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Arm Laptop

If you’re searching for an extraordinary Arm-powered laptop, look no further than the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s! Boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC and 13.3 inches 1920 x 1200 resolution display that will provide an unparalleled viewing experience, not to mention up to 32GB RAM with 28 hours of battery life – this is certainly one machine that’s sure to make your tasks feel effortless.

What’s even more amazing – this top-of-the-line device starts at below $1k USD. Upstream Linux support has been progressing around the ThinkPad X13s steadily, whereas Ubuntu users can now enjoy easy compatibility as well.

The recently released Linux 6.0 has launched initial support for the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X13s, although it is still being developed. As part of their continued dedication to open-source development, Lenovo has been a crucial partner in providing assistance with this project on the Thinkpad X13s.

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The upcoming Linux 6.3 cycle is set to reach a monumental milestone with its MSM DRM driver providing support for the 8cx Gen 3 graphics engine. Simultaneously, Ubuntu has been actively working towards bringing their distribution onto laptops powered by Qualcomm’s latest hardware technology.

Yesterday, Heinrich Schuchardt from Canonical posted a status update noting that he had successfully assembled a preinstalled image. He reported the image ran smoothly when started up from an NVMe drive but encountered difficulties when run through USB owing to a Linux 6.2 kernel issue. To address this problem, Mr. Schuchardt tested out another kernel that incorporated EFI variable support – and it worked!

Schuchardt was able to develop a pre-installed Ubuntu image on the ThinkPad X13s that utilizes NVMe storage and improved EFI variable support. His work alleviated bugs previously reported for Ubuntu’s X13s support, as seen in this Launchpad query he compiled. Thanks to Schuchardt, any ThinkPad users can now benefit from the optimized functionality of their operating system!

The Ubuntu 23.04 release is quickly approaching, and it’s exciting to witness how far the Canonical engineers are taking their effort into making sure that ThinkPad X13s images will be supported in an optimal manner, as this laptop has been one of the most promising machines for Arm users thus far. It’ll definitely be interesting to see what level of readiness they have achieved by then!

Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan
Mehedi Hasan is a passionate enthusiast for technology. He admires all things tech and loves to help others understand the fundamentals of Linux, servers, networking, and computer security in an understandable way without overwhelming beginners. His articles are carefully crafted with this goal in mind - making complex topics more accessible.

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