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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2016-12-13, 18:45 PM

Previously running Linux Mint 17.3 in dual-boot mode with Windows 10.

Yoga 3 Pro.

 

Pros: Easy install, robust package repositories, familiar interface (small learning curve).

Cons: Graphics driver was an issue until I installed a new one.

Problems: Custom screen resolutions impossible to add.

 

I wiped the entire hard drive clean (Buh-bye Windows!) and installed Fedora 25 Workstation.

Pros: Easy installation from USB drive, Even better package repositories than Linux Mint, incredible support forums and documentation.

Cons: Gnome desktop comes standard - Ugh! Not as noob-friendly as Linux Mint.

Problems: WiFi with the standard Broadcom internal networking card just doesn't work. It's the BRC4352 and there are no proper drivers for F25. Apparently Broadcom is difficult about allowing outside sources to write drivers and they seem in no rush themselves to write the drivers. I bought a [url=http://www.bestbuy.com/site/j5-create-usb-3-0-to-gigabit-ethernet-adapter-gray/2001047.p?skuId=2001047]J5 Create[/url] USB Ethernet Adapter to get an internet connection but stretching an ethernet cable across the floor is no kind of solution. Tried several USB WiFi adapters and had some very limited success with a Netgear N300. It supports 2.4GHz only and the connection drops often. Eventually I solved the problem by swapping out the internal Broadcom networking card with an Intel card. It cost me under $40 and the job took all of 10 minutes. Hardest part was finding a small starbit screwdriver to remove 10 screws from the bottom of the Yoga case. This guy lays out the what/how of the job: https://www.slightfuture.com/technote/replace-broadcom-wifi-with-intel

It was about as easy as swapping out RAM modules, and if I can do it then anybody can do it.

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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2016-12-15, 0:40 AM

Fedora 25 Yoga 910, 900, & Dell XPS 13

 

Pros

  • Full UEFI and secure boot support out of the box
  • Very polished HiDPI support
  • More bleeding edge than Ubuntu without compromising stability
  • Really solid, up-to-date and complete, Gnome experience (the desktop environment)

Cons

  • Although it's not so much of an issue anymore, there are still applications out there that are not included in the repositories of most distributions, and have to provide their own repos or packages, and if they only have packages built for one distribution, it will most likely be a debian-based one.
  • Horrible name, but so is Ubuntu

Problems

  • (Yoga 910 only) Kernel patch for wifi support wasn't added in time to be inclued in the release, so in order to get WiFi you must have or acquire an ethernet adapter and run a software update
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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2016-12-21, 15:08 PM

I'm running Fedora 25 with my internal wifi/bluetooth card, an Intel Corporation Wireless 8260, and I've been having issues with bluetooth devices running incredibly slow. Mice jump across the screen, controllers have considderable lag and drop inputs, etc. Has anyone else experienced this? I don't know if it's a proplem with support for the card itself, or a problem with my distro.

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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2016-12-25, 5:52 AM

Hey I just picked up a 910 with the intent of using Fedora 25, and saw your post.  Are you running dual boot (has that been figured out at this point)?  Or purely F25 at this point?  Thanks.

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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2016-12-25, 5:57 AM

Nevermind.  Got everything working now.  Used a USB tether to my phone to use wifi to get updates for wireless drivers.

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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2016-12-25, 6:03 AM

****Update Dec 2016****

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my Lenovo 900. Everything works out of the box (!!!), except screen rotation. 

 

P.S.

After sleep the track pad doesn't resposne - f2 + f7 trick release it quickly. Bluetooth hasn't checked yet.

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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2017-02-02, 16:51 PM

I successfully installed Mint 18.1 "Serena" 64-bit with Cinnamon.  I can't give you many details because the install is only a few hours old but it does appear to work.  The touchscreen works.  WiFi works.  The mouse and keyboard are good. 

 

Problems:

BIOS settings were a bit tricky because I missed a comment in the BIOS that says something like 'legacy support requires RAID to be set to ...'  Whoops.  Just chose your settings carefully.  I tried initially to install from a DVD connected via USB.  This wouldn't work (it would not recognize the DVD as a bootable device).  I created a bootable ISO image on a thumb drive using 'Unetbootin' - and it worked immediately.  (Note:  Careful with your thumb drive.  My first test had a bad sector that caused a terminal error on install -- but the MD5 checksum showed the correct ISO and the built-in test thought the install media was okay.  If you have issues you might try to use a different thumb drive!)

 

The highest screen resolution (3840 by 2160 pixels) makes desktop icons incredibly small - but still readable which is a good sign for the power of the Yoga 910.   For now, I set the resolution to 1920 by 1080 pixels.

 

I will post more issues here as I find them. 

 

Pros / Cons:  Unknown

 

I was very close to returning this laptop because of the issue with the DVD not being read correctly - which I thought was an indication that Linux wasn't an option on this machine.  There isn't a lot of information about the Lenovo 910 and Linux online yet.  Yes, the 910 can run Linux.  It isn't a trivial matter to install it but I think the Linux community can hack it.  Good job Lenovo, very nice machine.

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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2017-02-02, 16:56 PM

<Sorry -- overpost!>

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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2017-02-02, 17:06 PM
I may be a little late to answer your question - but see post 16 in this same thread. I just installed it.
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Re: Yoga 900/910 Survey: Which Linux distro are you running?

2017-02-23, 1:57 AM

Update:  Everything is working perfectly.

 

The only problem is that I can't figure out how to turn off "screen rotation."  So it flips 180 deg sometimes if I have it in a weird position.  Not a hard thing to fix but annoying.

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