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I own a Dell Latitude 11 inch 2-in-1 ... it has a m5-6Y57 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD.. Which Ubuntu distro is right for this 2-in-1 ? I want to read ebooks on it so the distro has to support screen rotation and gestures...I also want to take notes with it...The 2-in-1 is Wacom AES enabled and has an active pen.

I guess Ubuntu gnome is the right choice for this laptop...but will it run smooth on this 2-in-1 ? what other distros should i look at ?


I also have a Dell inspiron 3179, which has m3-7Y30 processor, 4GB of RAM and 250GB SATA3 SSD ...

Which Ubuntu distro is right for this one ? I am looking at elementary OS and Xubuntu at the moment...Do Xfce and Pantheon support screen rotation and gestures ? i intend to read ebooks on this too...but no note taking as the touchscreen is not AES and doesn't support an active pen.

What other distros do you recommend ?

I know there is Ubuntu Mate and LXQT/DE....but these don't have touchscreen functionalities...

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Well, for instance, I don't think you will have any trouble using Ubuntu 18.04 but choice is yours.

Here is the link to Ubuntu Desktop certified hardware where you will be able to check that your hardware is supported in several releases.

Then you can check about time supported releases here.

And when you have chosen one and installed it you should check if Synaptic Touchpad is properly installed, a touchpad, and clickpad is a built-in input device for laptops that is used as a computer mouse. Synaptics is a driver for these.

Here is the link in which you can see how to make sure it work in your Dells. Yo should be able to configure even sensibility, if you have any further questions, ask its.

I think Ubuntu 18.04 is a good choice, if you choose 18.04 install tweak tool which will help you to enable or disable touch-pad tools and use either keyboard or touch-pads.

Hope it helps.

  • I am refering to touch screen and not the touchpad....My hardware is compatible with linux ... I want to know if the above mentioned distros perform well with my hardware. – Amir Zia Nov 6 '18 at 3:56
  • Well touch screen works in ubuntu 18.04, here is a link where you can see other user experience with a Dell... ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2396712 – ft18 Nov 6 '18 at 4:04

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