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This is a summary of my experience of installing Ubuntu 9.04 on the Lenovo 3000 G530 with 2Gb RAM and integrated Intel graphics. Other models have more memory and the option of an ATI graphics card.
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|Name||Lenovo 3000 G530|
|Processor||Intel Pentium Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||160GB to 250GB|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
Intel WIFI Link 802.11a/b/g draft-n
|Processor||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|Screen||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|HDD||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|Optical Drive||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|Graphics||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|Sound||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|Ethernet||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|Wireless||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|USB||Out of the box Ubuntu 9.04|
|Card Reader||SD card works; couldn't get xD to work|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Works with Cheese from live CD; ought to work on HDD install but I haven't tested it|
Before installing I tested Ubuntu Jaunty, Mandriva 2009.1, Fedora 11 and OpenSUSE 11.1 and 11.2 milestone 7 in Live CD mode. All worked well except Mandriva and OpenSUSE 11.1 which didn't pick up the function keys and shortcut keys for volume and screen brightness.
A well-built machine with excellent Linux support. The only problem I ran into post-install was that I had used GParted to partition the hard drive (I need to dual boot for one or two specialist applications) after which Vista wouldn't boot. It is probably better to use Vista's own tool to shrink the drive first … though Lenovo sets up several partitions including a recovery partition, so be careful. A quick google search and my wife's Vista recovery CD solved the problem.