02-20-2013 06:32 AM
I'm interested to know are there any issues with installing Linux on ThinkPad Helix?
I wish to know what hardware is kept in the KBD part of the laptop. Obviously there is a battery in the KBD, but what else?
What happens when the tablet is separated from the KBD? Is the KBD connected to the tablet via USB(as interface, not as USB port)?
If there is other hardware in the KBD, what is it and will it work hot-swap on Linux?
03-03-2013 08:46 AM
Okay, did some thinking. Could anyone with more Lenovo-insider-knowledge clarify this more?
From what I'm ablo to see: the 'dock' is just a USB hub/some ports, which connect the keyboard/mouse. If windows can handle something that's hotplug, Linux will certainly be able too. The only problem could be the touchpad: in the first demo with Windows 8, they couldn't use it, they were still developping a driver for Windows. If they had to write one for windows, I don't think there's one for Linux. If the touchpad doesn't work under linux, I'm going to write some patches (for the first time in my life) and use a 'normal' mouse the first days.
03-04-2013 12:50 PM
05-06-2013 04:20 AM
Thanks. I will soon have a Helix here to test more. In the meantime: What doesn't work? Any bugs? It would be awesome if everything worked out of the box. Could you please try 12.04 LTS?
05-07-2013 07:50 PM
I saw this post in this forum: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Linux-Discussion/Linux-on-ThinkPad-Helix/td-p/1036897
It says that Ubuntu 13.04 worked without issue. If Ubuntu works, Linux Mint should (as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu IIRC, which is in turn based on Debian).
I find Linux Mint to be among the easiest to install because many of the most common adjustments are already done.