Anyone tried Linux on SP4 yet?

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  1. tundrwd

    tundrwd New Member

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    Just curious if anyone has tried Linux on SP4, what success you had, distro used, etc.

    I've attempted "off-the-shelf" Ubuntu 15.10 - it booted to a black screen, finally got the screen, but no mousepad, typecover. Didn't try to hook up a USB keyboard/mouse yet. Got out of the black screen, and it had booted, and was "running" - just no touchpad/mouse.

    Fedora 23 - booted, but had an issue with what appeared to be a driver for USB(?) - got to the point of "testing the media" (I used a USB live-boot), and that failed with some media area, and halted the kernel.

    In both cases - screen type was VERY small (had to break out the seein-eye-specs to read the very fine print. typecover/mouse pad were not detected. I did not try to hook up a USB keyboard/mouse (yet) - just wanted to see what "stock" distros would do with the hardware usually attached.
     
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    Hey, at least it was secure. ;)
     
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    i would follow the guide HERE
     
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    I wouldn't mind running mint on mine so I might give it a shot
     
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    I'll check - but that is pretty dated (geez! Nearly a year old... :) ). Most say to use kernel 4.0+, etc. now, since virtually all SP3 hardware is now supported.
     
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    Yup - no breaking in there...
     

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