Much to my delight and surprise, despite an ETD of early January, my new laptop arrived on Monday, two days before Christmas.
The Thinkpad is a black slab, no unboxing photos seemed required.
The configuration I ordered had an SSD as the primary disk and a second spinning rust disk in place of the optical drive. I was slightly annoyed to discover that Lenovo didn't ship me the optical drive, but I guess that's ok. I went out and bought an inexpensive USB one.
My first configuration attempt was simply to shrink the Windows partition and install Linux along side it, but the SSD is only 256G, Windows won't go smaller than about 100G, and in the end I decided there just wasn't enough space that way.
My second attempt was to move Windows to the spinning rust drive. Step one: make the recovery media. I don't know what I found more frustrating, the craptastic tool for this or Windows' wreckless arrogance. The tool starts with two warnings: you can only do this once and, for the love of all things you hold dear, do not stop once you've started!
So I started. I made the boot disk, figuring I didn't need the “data media”. Step two: boot from DVD, begin install, discover that you do in fact need the “data media”.
Reboot, run the tool wondering if it'll work a second time. It does. It won't make the data media without making the boot media, so now I have two of those. And it doesn't say how many DVDs it's going to burn. After about four disks, I'm getting sleepy. I put the laptop aside figuring I can finish in the morning.
Come three thirty in the morning, I am awakened by the Windows boot chime. MOTHER %$#@!&*ING WINDOWS decided to reboot to install some %$#@!&*ing update!
Now I really wonder if the tool will work again. It does. And it starts over at the beginning of course.
Eventually, I have a set of disks. Boot from the DVD, install Windows on the second drive. Reboot…naturally it boots off the first drive. Go back into Linux, update grub, now I can point to the second drive. Boot Windows…and it doesn't work. Some part of some craptastic install script is clearly unprepared for the possibility that Windows might be on drive D: instead of C:. (Really!?)
I have now physically swapped the drives, so that the spinning rust will be C:. And I'm going through the entire reinstall dance again.
Wish me luck!