Yes, 2.6.6-??? is available on fc2 update repositories, as of this morning, so I guess things are getting better as we discuss this.
Concerning sleep/resume w/ touchpad, I have left mine disabled in the BIOS settings since I don't use it, so that may be why I don't see as many problems as grnchile.
Another good resource for you is at: http://forum.thinkpads.com/
The PARTIES (aka, Predesktop) is a region of the harddisk that is hidden by the BIOS. IBM uses it as a place to store the equivalent of your Windows system recovery disks, ThinkPad device drivers, related scripts and utilities, and an environment to allow backup and recovery. For Windows users, this function is very exciting because it works even when Windows appears not to. This is the environment you get when you press the 'Access IBM' button at boot. It's nice in that you don't need to carry recovery CD's with you durring business travel, but not nice in that it doesn't support either extended partitions or linux filesystems. I found it to be a terrible waste of space, since I can do all this and more under Linux (~3.5GB + RR/RR windows s/w and level0 backup on first partition + last space in table for IBM_Service partition, possibly), and so removed it. I have also found it to be not very robust in dual boot setups. You may not have such luxury in your office.
If you would like to install linux on the primary disk, and are able to get the machine before your IT dept. gets to it, read some of the posts on tuxmobile.org (?) concerning resizing the Windows partition PRIOR TO BOOTING WINDOWS FOR THE FIRST TIME (much more difficult to resize when auto-converted NTFS).
I use my Ultrabay drive for all of my backups (XP and FC2), and have partitions on my primary drive for all else. I installed GRUB on my /boot partition, and use an entry in C:\BOOT.INI to chainload GRUB. If you will wish to make your Ultrabay bootable, that should be no problem, as the Thinkpad is able to boot from almost any device.
This (IBM Rescue and Recovery with Rapid Restore - Customization and Deployment Guide) seems to contain the most up-to-date info (and more):
also see (Predesktop Area white paper): http://www-3.ibm.com/pc/support/site...cid=MIGR-46023
- will be happy to post more info and links if desired,