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You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#1 Post by mikemex » Thu May 26, 2022 10:36 pm

According to this article, the Mesa DRI code supporting most older graphics chipsets (i965 tree) is going to be deprecated soon. The new driver appears to support only Haswell and above.

Meaning that in 2025, when Windows 10 is finally discontinued, there will probably no way to run a modern OS of any kind on any of such machines. Which is a shame because I still think a Core 2 Duo with 8GB of RAM and an SSD is modern enough for regular use.

I discovered this investigating why hardware acceleration isn't working on my X301. It seems like intel just cheapened out -as usual- on support and arbitrarily decided not to implement OpenGL 3.x on GM45 level hardware (Cantiga), even though it supports pretty much all of the required features. And now that pretty much all software has moved on to OpenGL 3.x, almost nothing enables hardware acceleration on such old hardware (which contributes to the already perceived "slowness").

P. S. I was considering volunteering to update the driver but there seems to be zero programming documentation on such chips.

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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#2 Post by RealBlackStuff » Fri May 27, 2022 1:09 am

It also means that you should say goodbye to Windows NOW and start learning Linux or some other OS...
That way any old Thinkpad will keep on running. 8)
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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#3 Post by TPFanatic » Fri May 27, 2022 7:29 pm

Keyword: up-to-date.
Even many up-to-date Linuxes require PAE/NX, or no longer support 32-bit, which rules out plenty classics.
So as the world moves on, us classic-using stick-in-the-muds are stuck with older OSes anyway.
And coincidentally I subscribe to the belief that Windows 7 is the last good Windows, so I'm quite happy sticking with it.
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#4 Post by dr_st » Sat May 28, 2022 2:41 am

TPFanatic wrote:
Fri May 27, 2022 7:29 pm
And coincidentally I subscribe to the belief that Windows 7 is the last good Windows, so I'm quite happy sticking with it.
For the laptops in your signature, I would agree (although T430 generation is already quite happy with Win10). :)
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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#5 Post by mikemex » Sat May 28, 2022 9:10 pm

TPFanatic wrote:
Fri May 27, 2022 7:29 pm
And coincidentally I subscribe to the belief that Windows 7 is the last good Windows, so I'm quite happy sticking with it.
Don't fool yourselves: Windows 10 is superior in almost very way to Windows 7. The reason most of us keep using W7 is that it was the last stand-alone version of Windows, with local software installation and management, etc. This means that, once setup, it keeps working indefinitely (as a testament for that, I just decommissioned my old SSD and checked the Windows folder creation date: 2010. It just worked for 12 years without re-installation).

Since then, Windows became "Windows as service" and it's not expected to work indefinitely, but as long as manufacturers support it.

If you want to understand what I am talking about, go and take the dust off on one of those old multimedia CD-ROMs that relied on web pages to work. Back in the day, they looked great and worked fine. But 20 years later all they show is empty white boxes since the pages they point at disappeared long time ago.

I think most people keeps underestimating the big changes we're seeing around us.

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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#6 Post by mikemex » Sat May 28, 2022 9:14 pm

RealBlackStuff wrote:
Fri May 27, 2022 1:09 am
It also means that you should say goodbye to Windows NOW and start learning Linux or some other OS...
That way any old Thinkpad will keep on running. 8)
Not sure what you're talking about...

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#7 Post by RealBlackStuff » Sun May 29, 2022 1:24 am

What I really meant to say was:
get rid of Windows NOW and install Linux or some other OS...
Some of my relatives use W10, and I am disgusted with W10 any time they ask me to do anything on their machines (all Thinkpads).
I'll stay with W7 as long as I can, no W10/W11/etc. ever, but I'm almost ready to switch to Linux Mint/Cinnamon.
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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#8 Post by TPFanatic » Sun May 29, 2022 8:30 pm

@mikemex: Could you elaborate on why you believe Windows 10 is superior to Windows 7?
In my experience 10 runs excessive background tasks; updates, security, telemetry; you can't turn them off and they never end.
10 is always changing and not necessarily improving. A funky setting of disabling mouse presses within a second of pressing a key used to be a discrete setting - until one of the updates lumped it into "touch sensitivity".
10 has both a Metro Settings App and the Windows 7 Control Panel with some redundancy, eg. both can be used to uninstall some programs.
The last time I booted my Windows 10 partition on my P71, it background-flashed new Intel ME Firmware without my permission. I formatted the partition after that.
I am the admin of my computer. I want the computer to do what I want, not what someone else thinks I should want.
Hell, the last time I tried Ubuntu on a ThinkPad it tried to sneak a BIOS update in with its own updates. Hell no.
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#9 Post by dr_st » Mon May 30, 2022 12:05 am

I'm going to quote myself from a different thread:
dr_st wrote:
Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:41 pm
The Win10 kernel is better than that of Win7, because kernel-wise every Windows NT version was better than the last with no exceptions. The UI, though, is a mixed bag and a lot of it is a matter of preference. Forced updates can be turned off in Pro/Enterprise, but if you have Win10 Home, you are at the mercy of 3rd party tools which frequently stop working when Microsoft changes something.
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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#10 Post by unixed » Mon May 30, 2022 8:37 am

TPFanatic wrote:
Sun May 29, 2022 8:30 pm
Hell, the last time I tried Ubuntu on a ThinkPad it tried to sneak a BIOS update in with its own updates. Hell no.
Which thinkpad and what lead you to believe it was trying to update the BIOS?

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#11 Post by axur-delmeria » Mon May 30, 2022 10:12 am

unixed wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 8:37 am
Which thinkpad and what lead you to believe it was trying to update the BIOS?
AFAIK Thinkpads starting from the T460 generation support BIOS updates on Linux via fwupd. It's possible that Ubuntu is configured to regularly check fwupd's firmware repository and apply any updates found.
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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#12 Post by TPFanatic » Mon May 30, 2022 3:51 pm

unixed wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 8:37 am
TPFanatic wrote:
Sun May 29, 2022 8:30 pm
Hell, the last time I tried Ubuntu on a ThinkPad it tried to sneak a BIOS update in with its own updates. Hell no.
Which thinkpad and what lead you to believe it was trying to update the BIOS?
I don't recall which exact model, probably T500. A BIOS update showed up in the list of updates Ubuntu asked me about doing. Only other software I lnow that offer BIOS and firnware updates in with software updates is Lenovo Sustem Update software. Maybe Windows Updates will also prompt for Intel ME updates but I don't check for them....
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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#13 Post by unixed » Mon May 30, 2022 8:28 pm

Ubuntu has a good community so if you just search it or ask (or type the output in a search engine) you can find out how to turn off BIOS update notifications.
My guess is it wouldn't actually be able to update the T500 BIOS since neither the windows executable or the iso image has the decompressed BIOS image.
Ubuntu does a lot of hand-holding, a knowledgeable user can just install minimal Debian and add only required software and configure it to taste.

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#14 Post by jdk » Sat Jun 04, 2022 5:17 pm

Use Debian. It just works. The distribution focuses on keeping software versions stable between major releases.

Ubuntu is going down the same path as Windows. There is absolutely zero reason to use any of the Debian derivatives these days. Every layer added on top of Debian introduces a layer of security vulnerability and quite frankly, incompetency from the distro maintainers.

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#15 Post by TheForgottenKing » Tue Jun 07, 2022 12:53 am

TPFanatic wrote:
Mon May 30, 2022 3:51 pm
I don't recall which exact model, probably T500. A BIOS update showed up in the list of updates Ubuntu asked me about doing. Only other software I lnow that offer BIOS and firnware updates in with software updates is Lenovo Sustem Update software. Maybe Windows Updates will also prompt for Intel ME updates but I don't check for them....
T500 is far to ancient for Ubuntu to support BIOS updates through fwupd, are you sure you're remembering right? Generally these older models required a boot disk outside of Windows.

Also, for concerned i965 users: the graphics support for the W701ds was deprecated on Linux almost two years ago. Mine still works fine with the newest version and a flag. There will always be a workaround ;-)
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Re: You can say bye to your classic Thinkpad soon

#16 Post by mikemex » Tue Jun 07, 2022 1:29 am

jdk wrote:
Sat Jun 04, 2022 5:17 pm
Use Debian. It just works. The distribution focuses on keeping software versions stable between major releases.

Ubuntu is going down the same path as Windows. There is absolutely zero reason to use any of the Debian derivatives these days. Every layer added on top of Debian introduces a layer of security vulnerability and quite frankly, incompetency from the distro maintainers.

Just use Debian.
I'll try Debian. The last time I tried I couldn't install it because, for some reason, Debian puts the networked image as the general version (not the Live DVD), which is super difficult to set up unless you already know what's going on.

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