EN | Lenovo Yoga Convertible Meets Linux – First Impressions
On my desktop PC and my Old laptop Ive been using Linux, as my daily driver., The distro Ive been using, is called Manjaro and is based on Arch Linux.. The main reasons I switched from Windows to Linux are free software, better performance and security on Linux.. So the first thing I did after purchasing YOGA was installing Linux on it. YOGA is a convertible laptop with multi touch screen that you can use with fingers or with a pen that is included in the laptop chassis.. So the most important question was whether I can use the touchscreen on Linux without any loss of functionality. In this video I show you my first impressions. I decided to install my favorite distro Manjaro and Ubuntu.. Yoga is equipped with only one SSD slot., So to make it possible, I shrank the 952 GB Windows partition to 452 GB.. Then I divided the 50000 GB free space into 2 partitions with 250 GB each. One for Manjaro and one for Ubuntu.. After struggling with some BIOS settings regarding to secure boot, UEFI and Legacy, I was able to install Manjaro, KDE, Plasma. And now spoiler alert. It didnt work for me at all., And I mean now the functionality of the touchscreen.. Actually the touchscreen worked, but the experience wasn’t that good. Flipping the screen didnt work at all no keyboard on screen., Then I tried with Manjaro GNOME.. The experience was a little better. Flipping. The screen was still not working, but I had the keyboard on screen and the pen was working also a way better.
. So conclusion is my favorite distro doesnt support convertible laptops out of the box., But I wont give up and try to find appropriate drivers for Arch Linux., Maybe Ill. Tell you a little more about it in a long term, review in few weeks or months. In terms of supporting touchscreen and pen Windows and Ubuntu are way ahead of Manjaro. Regarding to the fingerprint reader. On Windows, of course, working out of the box and very fast. On Ubuntu, not working after standard installation., I will search for drivers and, let you know in the long term, review. Using YOGA like tablet on Windows is no problem.. My first impression is very positive.. It feels a bit like a big smartphone., But in order to make a final judgment, I have to test the device for a few more weeks. Ubuntu in tablet mode surprised me very positively.. Touchscreen drivers has been installed out of the box.. I didnt notice any difference between responsiveness on Ubuntu and Windows. Flipping. The screen is even quicker than on Windows.. I was able to use the pen without any issues, but there is no handwriting recognition on Ubuntu. I’m curious to see if I can find a suitable software for it. Regarding to the keyboard on screen. Windows beats Ubuntu in terms of rage of functions., But, as you can see, you can use touchscreen keyboard without issues.. Navigating through applications is also no problem. And you can even use the terminal.
. My conclusion, after one day, is that Ubuntu, with GNOME desktop offers on Lenovo YOGA in tablet mode, almost the same user experience like Windows., If you have any experience using tablet mode within other Linux distros. Please leave a comment: below. I’m, very excited and looking forward to test YOGA in detail. More about it in few weeks or months..