Debian or Ubuntu Linux on a Thinkpad X220 as the Primary OS

Debian is my favorite Linux distribution. To make life a little easier for myself, I decided to give Kubuntu a chance to become my main OS on my Lenovo Thinkpad X220. I think it's pretty swell.

Note: You may want to give some of the other Ubuntu flavors a try, such as Ubuntu Gnome, Ubuntu Mate, or Xubuntu (with XFCE). See this webpage of Ubuntu's flavors.

Everything simply works. My favorite configuration of the middle button is to click-hold it and use the touch point for scrolling--this is its default configuration! A wide variety of input device configuration options are available in the GUI tool. If you want to disable the track pad entirely, that's easy to do:

larz@laptop:~$ xinput -list  
⎡ Virtual core pointer                          id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad                id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint                     id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                         id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                 id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Sleep Button                              id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Integrated Camera                         id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ ThinkPad Extra Buttons                    id=13   [slave  keyboard (3)]
larz@laptop:~$ xinput --disable 11  

Beyond this, I don't see the need for any hardware-specific installation notes, tips, or tricks. I find this refreshing and laudable.