05-13-2013 02:45 PM
What specifically do you want to know? I've been using Linux on Helix since that post any following works:
- media buttons
I haven't tested GSM/UMTS/LTE modules.
05-14-2013 04:49 AM
Hi, thanks for you reply. I have no idea how my two posts ended up in the same thread, i just posted one here. Anyhow.
How is it to use the helix with linux in general? Does the touchscreen work, is it practical? Undock/redock to the keyboard is flawless? Can you say anything about battery time? Do you dual boot, or do you find the helix suitable for only linux. Usually a machine like this as many issues when running linux, so there must be something you can say no?
Thanks for your info.
05-16-2013 07:45 AM - edited 05-16-2013 07:53 AM
How is that not the hottest question of the year?
I just signed up to the forum to say, I want to know all of those things too!
Battery life (both tablet and laptop mode), Wireless, problem-free tablet-laptop conversion mode,
Do any drivers not work? Can you deactivate the touchscreen in laptop mode for longer battery life? brightness control?
Do you run 32 or 64 bit linux?
btw I found this page, though I'm not sure what it is telling us..
hmm, a little more search: the helix is certified for RedHat linux
but doesn't yet show up on the Ubuntu Page
although that page is not updated for 13.04 yet, which is also the tablet-friendlier one.
Looks overall like there shouldnt be many problems; no I just gotta scratch together some money!
Thanks for putting up the info =) m_ _m
05-16-2013 07:56 AM
- battery life: about 7h (but with maximum brightness and probably not all optimizations that could be there)
- tablet detaching works perfectly (it recognises second battery is missing)
- I'm running 64bit NixOS
- I don't have enabled multitouch support, so can't say anything about that
- I haven't found a way to deactivate the tablet touch support, but it should be something like uninstalling wacom drivers (not really relevant to hardware, but not sure if that saves any energy)
- sound/brightness buttons work
Things that bother me:
- weak wifi network card (even my nexus 4 catches better signal) -> this might be a software issue
- sometimes attaching the tablet back doesn't "click" and the tablet could fall out of the deck
05-22-2013 01:02 PM
06-04-2013 09:34 AM
06-06-2013 11:48 PM - edited 06-07-2013 11:33 AM
Ubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 would not boot under UEFI.
However, 13.04 is booting with UEFI:
+ Device stays much cooler than win7 or 8. I haven't heard the fans turn on in hours of moderate browsing.
Brightness controls do not work ( see this fix. Brightess will adjust, but brightness indicator does not update)
- Total battery life is not displayed as the sum of both tablet and dock batteries.
The main battery status indicator (top right of desktop) displays stats only from the least charged battery.
For example, if the dock battery is empty and the tablet battery is full, the battery status indicator will show empty. Clicking on the battery status indicator exapnds the view to show both batteries statuses separately displayed.
- Weak wifi signal
- Pinch-to-zoom and Horizontal scrolling do not work
- Cannot right click on touch screen. Neither tap-and-hold or double-tap induce right click.
- On screen keyboard does not automatically open when a text field is tapped
- Dock/undocking from the base mostly works. On occassion, the trackpad/keyboard would fail to work and a reboot would be required.
06-12-2013 11:46 AM
I would be very interested in the "special hardware" configuration that comes with the detachable keyboard:
- is the usage of the second displayport (on the dock) possible?
- is the first DP usable?
- Is the pen working properly? (If someone could test if pressure entry works, this would be very nice to know)
- is the trackpad on the keyboard working properly? Is there a problem with attaching / detaching it?
- Is multitouch on the touchscreen (with fingers) possible?
Thanks for your answers.