Raven X41 Linux tablet


Emperor Linux has put a Linux distribution on a Lenovo X41 Tablet PC.  The Raven comes in either a Linux-only version or a dual boot with the standard Windows XP Tablet Edition 2005 and has the following specs:

  • Ravenintegrated Biometric Fingerprint scanner works in Linux
  • train your fingerprints, and use them to login
  • pen / stylus input to screen as a mouse pointer and as a pen / stylus
  • ability to hand-write commands on-screen (converts handwriting to ascii text in the focus area)
  • available handwriting recognition suite (trained conversion of handwritten text images to ascii text)
  • pen has pressure sensitivity in Gimp
  • screen can be rotated to portrait orientation via rotate button
  • special BlueKeys support when Raven X41 is folded into tablet configuration: scroll Up, scroll Down, Enter, and Toolbox keys
  • Toolbox Key (toolbox plugin to “EmpDash” tools to access LCD brightness up/down, volume up/down, backlight, wifi kill, etc)

Handwriting features do require some training, but with careful training, are very nearly as good as the “Windows Journal” at this time.

The usual EmperorLinux functions / features with full Linux support:

  • hibernate to disk
  • wireless b/g (internal wifi , w/ dual antennas)
  • BlueKeys function keys support (LCD brightness, Volume, wifi kill, ext VGA,)
  • CPU throttling (based on usage environment)
  • USB, CardBus (PCMCIA), sound, gigabit ethernet

The Raven is available in four different configurations running from $2350 – $2950.  That’s a lot of money for something that is very nearly as good as the “Windows Journal” so just go buy a real Tablet PC from Lenovo.

(via Engadget)


Michał J. Gajda

EmperorLinux configuration was a bit expensive for me, so I bought X41 and configured by myself…

Got troubles:
1. Suspend to ram crashes randomly with SATA problem (even after applying proper patches to the latest 2.6.15 kernel).
2. CRT clone mode doesn’t enable 1280×1024 resolution, everything is 1024×768 as on the laptop.

So if you want out-of-box support – pay them, or buy an older one (X31, X40).

Jon Dowland

Interesting. I’ve bought an X40 whilst waiting to see what Linux support on the X41 was like. That does seem like quite a lot of money, but it costs about the same to get it from Lenovo in the UK (I think).


I’am using Lenovo under Linux distrib since one month and looking on how to delete windows dual boot. This Linux distrib is for me a perfect os for buisness/personnal usage ! Try it and more of you will never use windows tablet again ! (use wine ore vmware if you really need to run some windows software)

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