Linux on Notebook Experiment Failed (for now)

Linux, Personal

I could not make it last. Farewell Ubuntu. I tried to convert to Linux my Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 laptop. Mostly because I was not using any particular Windows software and I have a particular pro-FLOSS interest. The lack of drivers and weird behaviors was taking too much of my time. I had to switch back to Windows 10 in order to make it a bearable experience. It is a major step back in my personal goal to make my life fully libre and grátis software world.

Drawbacks

Among the problems I faced:

  • Sound drivers were lacking functionality:
    • The max volume were super low to the point it was impossible to watch a movie in the notebook.
  • KDE with poor HDPI support. Well, it was not perfect in Windows either, but in Linux most programs, texts and interface were very distorted. I had eventually to reduce the resolution to something more normal, missing one of the major selling points of this machine.
  • Lenovo has as proprietary energy manager software. If you mostly use the computer plugged, it caps the battery maximum level to 60%, the optimal level for preservation. The software is Windows-only, so I could not revert it to normal mode; consequently, during commute the notebook died quite soon.
  • Due a hardware problem, the yellow color is displayed wrongly on the display. It is only corrected using the infamous proprietary energy manager.

Pros

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But there was not only drawbacks. There were some nice points to highlight:

  • Steam worked nicely. All games I have installed worked nicely. The only concern was the huge resolution from the notebook (native 3200 x 1900)
  • The (K)Ubuntu desktop ecosystem is getting even more complete and versatile. The old odd software are now finely maturing.
    • I tried used regular Ubuntu, but the Unity UI is horrible for me.

Of course the drawbacks surpassed the pros for me. But I thing that it could change in a future, with newer Linux/KDE versions and better hardware vendor support.