Is it possible to install Ubuntu on the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro? I have checked the Lenovo compatibility lists on the Ubuntu site, but no new entries have been created yet for this model (released mid-October).
just bought (last week) one (yoga 2 pro - i7 - 8 GB ram - 256 SSD) and have installed ubuntu 13.10.
It comes with a small button on the side of the power button to enable the BIOS edit and boot sequence... When you press it, the computer powers up with the config menu. Then you have to edit the BIOS to unsecure UEFI mode. It was really easy.
To boot the ubuntu you have to edit the grub's boot line before the
and after installing ubuntu, in the
and execute the:
and that's it...
In order to use it without wireless, I bought the J5 usb 3.0 gigabit ethernet adapter... it works without any configuration.
I found some posts online saying that they have solved this by reinstalling windows, unblocking the wireless card via software, and then going back to linux. I removed all partitions and I am not planning to reinstall windows.
The funny thing was that
Today I installed wicd to replace the network manager and the wireless start working !!!!!! the only thing that was needed was to copy the resolv.conf from the ubuntu location to /etc (replacing the symbolic link)
Also the brightness function key is not doing nothing... but I don't care about that... :-)
How to install Ubuntu on Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
I got a Yoga 2 pro - i5 - 8 GB ram - 256 SSD (I first have installed Ubuntu 13.10 32bit (tried 64bit too, but crashes with kernel panic!), but I guess now Ubuntu 14.04 64bit will just run fine.)
These are the steps I had to do to install Ubuntu:
1. Prepare the installation
2. Enable WiFi and install
When Ubuntu is started from USB, open a console to enable WiFi with
3. Fix wireless card
After reboot everything was fine (no need to adjust grub any further) The only problem left was, that up to now I had to enable WiFi after each system start with
so I added that to the modprobe blacklist with:
4. Enlarge Fonts
Now in Ubuntu In 14.04 with Unity everything works fine. Also, it seems like Ubuntu is adopted better to touch-screens. I only had to adapt the Screen DPI in
5. Adjust Firefox to the high resolution touchscreen
Follow the instructions here:
(There is no such thing as zoom with two fingers, but a simple thing already works: You can select active and move the window around with a three finger touch)
6. Adjust the trackpad on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
Now adjust the jumpy trackpad and lack of middle button
Edit the file
7. Add Screen rotation support on Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
Since the Screen doesn't turn when you turn the laptop, create the script
To be able to manually turn the screen from the launcher add a
Note: there was a problem that seems to be solved by the newer kernel by now Lenovo Yoga 2 Ubuntu 14.04 occasionanal blank screen
8. configure larger font on tty console
leave all settings as they are but the last one, where you can chose the size.
9. Optional: Enable some extra power save settings
If you want to dim the screen brightness to 50% on each startup:
Then add this command to your startup programs (gnome-session-properties):
To enable all possible Power save settings, install
Edit your rc.local startup-script with
This is just a suggestion, there might show up some problems with WiFi, using the powersave function set by
(You need to reboot after those changes)
But I am still investigating this...
10. more Optional Configurations:
11. Additional useful Hardware for Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro:
I got a "HooToo HT-UE01 USB 3.0 HUB 3-Port with RJ45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN" that works fine (tested on Ubuntu 32bit) on my Yoga 2 Pro
12. Only problem left:
I would just like to add to the rest of these answers that you can simply get wireless working with the command
You can have this persist by adding
How to install Kubuntu on Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
I have installed Kubuntu 13.10 32bit just now (tried 64bit too, but crashes with kernel panic!) and these are the steps I had to do to install Kubuntu:
Finally after some days the window decorations in KDE were all gone! And I couldn't configure them back. So I decided to
So I continued How to install Ubuntu on Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
One more thing:
If you buy a yoga 2 pro, be aware of the display resolution of 3200x1800!
Gnome, KDE and Xfce are not yet ready for such crazy resolutions. The only workaround for me was to lower the resolution to full hd, so the text was still readable.
I'm running Ubuntu 13.10 on my Yoga 2 Pro. I think it's great! Battery life is 6+ hours. The yellow colors are a bit off, but it doesn't much bother me; the recent BIOS fix does not fix the color in Ubuntu. I have done a few things in addition to what's already been mentioned.
I've tweaked the touchpad settings, I created a file /etc/X11/Xsession.d/80xinput with the contents:
Also I scaled the screen back a bit with the following:
Ubuntu is happily booting in UEFI, and I can dual boot Windows 8.1 through Grub.
I tried 12.04.3 64bit but didn't work.
13.10 64 bit worked with the above described modifications.
Another fellow has a guide for the install: http://datainfer.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/install-ubuntu-on-ideapad-yoga-2-pro/
In my case I want dual boot but the Ubuntu installer didn't detect the Windows installation so I choose "Something else" in the Ubuntu installer and created in my empty space (left space when I did my Win install) as ext4 and mount as / (root) and select this as spot to install boot.
Be sure you know what you do in the "Something else" Window of the ubuntu installer.
To modify /etc/default/grub after the install I select recovery mode in Grub and first run the fix grub error (to mount the disk in write mode) follow by the root console to edit the file via
for wifi follow the above tips.
For Hi DPI/ HiDPI / High resolution
I used GNOME 3.10 and it seem to handle the high dpi better than Unity: Install Gnome 3.10 in Ubuntu 13.10 without breaking Unity
For Firefox I played around with "about:config" and layout.css.devPixelsPerPx
Kubuntu on the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro
(I've based these steps on the excellent answer given by rubo77 above as well as a few other sources)
Turn off fast boot and disable secure boot
Note: I use the Ubuntu Server installation to get full support for disk encryption, I then install the kubuntu-desktop package as well as various programs I like to use, to bring it up to a normal desktop. These instructions should work just as well with the normal Kubuntu installer if you don't want disk encryption (I've found the Kubuntu installer's disk encryption support very flakey).
Fix Wifi and other things (needs to be done after each kernel update)
(Note if you followed the instructions by other users on this page: you should not blacklist the ideapad-laptop module anymore as this fixed version works)
It seems Kmix defaults to controlling the HDMI audio device volume, not the inbuilt speakers/headphones device. To fix this, so you can use those very convenient volume buttons on the side of the laptop: Run Pulse Audio Volume Control (apt-get install pavucontrol) and under 'Output Devices' click 'Set as fallback' on 'Build in Audio Digital Stereo(HDMI)'.
Without this grub boot parameter change I couldn't change the screen brightness (according to some sources video.use_native_backlight supersedes acpi_backlight=vendor). Edit /etc/default/grub:
Create a file /etc/modprobe.d/lenovo-yoga-two-pro.conf with the contents:
Create a file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf with the contents:
Fix Everything too small in Hi Res
I don't think there's good support for 3200x1600 resolutions in current versions of X and KDE. I increased the DPI and reduced the resolution to 1920x1080:
Edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf to add:
In KDE System Settings->Display set resolution to 1920x1080 (this change will persist between reboots)
In Firefox in about:config set layout.css.devPixelsPerPx set to 1.3 and install the add-on "Fix for zoomed default-font"
In Thunderbird just increase the text size with ctrl++
Fix Wifi Card instability
A fix for Ubuntu kernel bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1349572 was released in the package linux-image 3.13.0-36.63 (which is in the normal Ubuntu updates) in late September 2014. In my experience this has led to less Wifi instability, although it will occaisionally 'pause' for a few seconds, which is odd.
What There are still problems with
The touchscreen seems to only work as a simple mouse device - moving the cursor and clicking things works, but nothing like 2-finger scrolling or any gestures or swipes. If anyone knows how to improve this please post an answer.
Suspend/resume mostly works but I have seen some times where on resume the screen is blank grey. Ubuntu is working in the background, because I can ssh in to it and run 'sudo service lightdm restart' to fix it. I'm hoping the new ideapad-laptop module will fix this, I'm waiting to see if the problem re-occurs now I have it installed
Please upvote this post if you find it useful, I think my fixes improve on some of the other fixes suggested on this page and I hope this post is useful to people
I just bought one yesterday and can confirm that the hardware works flawlessly if you follow the suggestions on this page. Also Standby works out of the box.
BUT: as Michael Schär pointed out, missing High-DPI support in X11 is a big issue. I am actually returning the device because of this. there are two basic solutions but none of them really fully work:
1.) Use a lower Resolution and have the display interpolate everything. Works great, but makes everything blurry. If you just buy a Full-HD 13" Laptop rather than setting a low resolution on a Quad HD notebook, you end up having a cripser image. So why spend the extra $$ just to get a worse result?
2.) I usually run Xubuntu with xfce, but i have tried Unity and KDE as well and it is the same story with all of them: Increase Font DPI, use a High-DPI theme like TGC-Huge or Husky, increase Icon sizes, increase launch-bar size etc.: this gives you finally a readable and sharp appearance, but it totally messes up the appearance of different applications. One major issue is, that the default window size of a newly launched application is still the same as with the small icons and fonts, so in GIMP for example, you have to manually resize the window to see the full menu bar, also, the tool icons in GIMP are still tiny. Firefox needs an extra setting to scale up webpages, but that should work okay, Gnumeric shows tiny cells and they increase in size once you write something into them as the font is now huge compared to the cell size.. this messes up your sheets. the overall appearance just doesn't look right anymore and there is something wrong with almost every application.
So for me the decision is clear, i will return the laptop and get a cheaper Full-HD one which provides more desktop area to work with but is still readable and proportionally correct. I really hope that the missing High-DPI support will be added to our favourite Window Managers and the X-Servers soon.
I used PowerTOP to analyze and reduce battery power consumption on my Yoga 2 Pro. Here are the steps to automatically apply the optimizations.
Create script file
In order to apply these optimizations every time the laptop switches to battery power create script file
Lenovo generally works fine, so go ahead and give it a try. I assume you're asking this before you buy it. If so, you'll probably be able to return it within a few weeks if it doesn't work.
So go ahead. The only thing you might have problems with is UEFI secure boot.
I'll add my experience as well. As this was the first time dual booting with UEFI, I wasn't as familiar with how to setup grub and such. My experience was Ubuntu "got it right" without too much trouble. I didn't change anything in the BIOS, I adjusted the drive size from Windows, then rebooted into the live USB, and when partitioning came up, selected "Something else" and created a
I'll just second the blacklisting of
Also, Unity is handling the resolution better than I even expected.How to find and change the screen DPI? is a great framework to find your preferred DPI settings. I had to play with it a little bit but found a good setting I can live with. By the way, I uses 277 and my DPI setting and text-scaling-factor as 1.6 but that is just my preference, I like small text!
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