Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 on CentOS 7.3

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Through an odd sequence of events, I own a real odd-ball of a laptop: The Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1. Through an even stranger sequence of events, the only OS I can get to reliably run on it is CentOS 7.

(Well, it will run Ubuntu as well, but the wifi is less reliable.)

The good news is that, stock, RHEL 7/CentOS 7 runs pretty much perfectly. No tweaking needed. The touch screen works great, so does the palm rejection and the Wacom stylus.

So, now that I’ve salvaged this machine, I have to say that it’s growing on me. The keyboard is great, as is the 12.5” 1920×1080 IPS screen. In fact, as a laptop, I find it nicer to use than my much-loved Dell XPS 13, though I can’t put my finger on why.

There’s something just really nice about the machine. Under Windows it dragged, and wifi was unreliable in Ubuntu. However, everything is just right in CentOS. With XFCE it feels light and fast, and I know that I’ll have patches for another 7 years. I’ll be very pleasantly surprised if the laptop is still running then.

This machine is beginning to feel like it may be my “main” laptop for 2017 at home. Go figure. A machine I didn’t want running an OS I’d never planned on using. CentOS, no less, having managed to avoid Red Hat for years.

2017 is really shaping up to challenge my technology opinions. I’m gaining a new found respect for both Red Hat/CentOS and Solaris, and am doing so on a newer Lenovo machine that I’d previously written off. Sure, it isn’t as flashy as Ubuntu, but man, it feels solid.

GoSaBe Blog - Feb 4, 2017 | Hardware, Linux