Setting Up Pop! OS on ThinkPad T440s
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I had decided to sell my desktop and use my older ThinkPad T440s full time. I decided to switch to Pop! OS running GNOME from Manjaro running KDE. I will miss the AUR and bleeding edge rolling releases. The main reason for the switch is KDE and the out of the box experience with Pop! OS, nothing against KDE; in fact, I loved the ability to customize the heck out of everything.

System76 has done an amazing job tweaking Pop! OS; it has become a very stable and fun-to-use OS; thanks to GNOME’s simplicity and focus user-experience. Since my new used ThinkPad has enough RAM, I don’t even need to worry about GNOME’s performance.

The following is a list of software and tweaks I added to make it viable for me.

  • Touchpad gestures

    Install libinput-gestures for touchpad gesture.

    GNOME doesn’t have good gesture support out of the box, at least for laptop. So I had to use this FOSS to get some gestures working.

    sudo gpasswd -a $USER input // and restart PC
    sudo apt-get install wmctrl xdotool
    sudo apt-get install libinput-tools
    git clone
    cd libinput-gestures/
    sudo make install
    libinput-gestures-setup start
  • Install TLP

    Keep in mind the following set of will install and calibrate battery, so your screen will go blank for a few mins. It is best to run the following on a freshly started machine.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install tlp tlp-rdw --no-install-recommends
    sudo apt install acpi-call-dkms
    sudo tlp-stat
    sudo apt install powertop
    sudo powertop -c
  • Install software not found in Pop!_Shop

    sudo apt install -y nautilus-dropbox
    sudo apt install -y code
    sudo apt install -y vlc
    sudo apt install neofetch // everybody needs to show off their unix
  • Install and tweak touchpad drivers

    The default values for touchpad sensitivity is very janky. You will have to install and tweak as shown below. Find more details here.

    sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics // and reboot pc
    xinput // to find the touchpad device id
    xinput list-props X // replace X with touchpad device id
    xinput --set-prop X 316 14 17 128 // replace X, and tweak the numbers as necessary. These nums worked for me. FingerLow, FingerHigh, and FingerPress.
  • Set Alt + Tab to switch windows, not applications

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications "[]"
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-applications-backward "[]"
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-windows "['<Alt>Tab']"
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings switch-windows-backward  "['<Alt><Shift>Tab']"