Linux on Lenovo ThinkPad P16s


This post describes a practical installation and is also a kind of review. A ThinkPad was deliberately chosen because the hardware is known to be pretty well supported in Linux. We’ll see…

Summary

  • To keep it clear and readable, I won’t go into every detail, I assume you can look things up yourself. Nevertheless, you can of course leave a comment.
  • The system is somewhat luxurious with a 16″ screen of 400 nits and 100% sRGB, AMD Ryzen 7, 32 GB of RAM (great for multiple VMs) and a 1 TB NVM. It’s a super fast system.
  • lenovo.com gave me an excellent offer. Nice machine at a great price. This page is not sponsored!
  • Documentation:
  • Linux: Xubuntu 22.04.1 LTS (Jammy Jellyfish) it is! Other Linux distros will be broadly similar.
  • Review, conclusions
    • Excellent display, very good color representation. Pay attention when ordering (400 Nits and 100% sRGB), Type number 21CK-0036MH.
    • Blazing fast thanks to AMD Ryzen 7 plus Radeon
    • Battery seems reasonable, not sure yet if it can be upgraded yet. Waiting for response from Lenovo.
    • Linux installation:
      • A breeze!
      • Except for power management, DPMS (Energy Star) features are turned off, still needs tuning.
      • Runs without proprietary drivers, YEAH!
  • Overall verdict: Excellent laptop with a very good price-performance ratio as icing on the cake, which I can recommend to anyone.

Windows, preparation…

Possibly I will need the pre-installed Windows version again, I will continue that installation and leave it as is . But the disk space needs to make way for Xubuntu so the disk needs to shrink. Of the 1 TB, I have donated ~250 GB to Windows (it really hurts), the rest is for Xubuntu.

Also, BitLocker is on by default and therefore Xubuntu cannot be installed. In Windows, disable BitLocker: Settings > type Manage Bitlocker > turn it off. This may take a while (!) Put the code on a stick and, for example, paste it into KeePass later:

$ cat bitlocker-code.TXT

BIOS

With Windows (10) pre-installed, it is difficult to boot from the Xubuntu USB stick. In the BIOS:

Keyboard > Power users often want normally working Alt and Ctrl keys combined with function keys.
Security > Disable “secure boot”.
Start order > Drag Windows under NVM, then Grub can take care of everything after installation.

Then save, boot and Enter and F12. > Select USB stick with Xubuntu.

Basic setup Linux

So much has been written about this, but I always follow the step-by-step guide below.

Boot with the stick and perform the installation. I deliberately did not install third-party drivers. It is known that the community display driver is of good quality.

The following link has detailed instructions and includes tips to avoid pitfalls.


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