ThinkPad E530 with Slackware

Recently I have purchased Lenovo ThinkPad E530. Unfortunately, I can see a big difference between it and my previous Lenovo laptop, ThinkPad T410. Straight away you notice that they belong to different categories. But then again, as opposed to a budget class E530, the T-series is a business class model (and is therefore appropriately priced) so the comparison would not be fair.

Still, I like it; especially the fact that everything seems to work out of the box on Slackware 14 (still -current at the moment of writing). It appears that the purchase was timed quite well. E530 features the following wifi chip:

03:00:0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2230 (rev c4)

The iwlwifi module supporting this chip has been added with kernel 3.2.0 so it looks like the wifi card wouldn’t work out of the box on Slackware 13.37 and older.

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