Wondering what Linux distro you all would recommend for a Microsoft Surface 2 Laptop that’s currently running Windows 10? Primarily use it for a general web surfing laptop, attending online college classes, paying bills, etc. I have a mid-2011 iMac all-in-one desktop that currently runs Ubuntu. Are there any Ubuntu users out there that also have experience with Lubuntu on a laptop? If so, what are your thoughts on the distro?
I’m open to any suggestions anyone has. Thanks!
Welcome to da club! I’m writing this from an Ubuntu-running Surface Laptop 3.
First and foremost, just to be on the safe side, make sure you have an extra keyboard and a mouse before you begin. Neither my keyboard or my touchpad worked during the installation, so those will come in handy.
After that, it’s a matter of Kernel. If you select a distro that has Kernel 5.12 or above, then the support for keyboard and touchpad will be active by default and you will not need a patched kernel. I’d recommend going for Kubuntu and using the patched version, which is what I’m doing. This runs on the latest Kernel and it functions quite well.
I take it you’re familiar with the Linux installation? If yes, please let me know once you’re done so that I can point you to the steps to patch your Kernel. Once it’s done the first time, then all updates become automatic and you won’t have to worry about it later.
Just make sure you back up all your files from your laptop first!
Thanks for the advice!
So, I’ve got Kubuntu set up in Virtual Box so I can check it out over the next few days. I’ve got some time off from work coming up later this weekend/early next week. If I like it, I’ll install. Maybe I’ll try to make a video of it and post it (if possible; not sure of forum permissions). Either way, I’ll keep you all in the know.
Thanks again, vasileios!
My pleasure, @PatriotsQuest!
Since the Forum doesn’t directly support videos - at the moment - I would recommend creating an account at a video hosting platform (Odysee is cool, but you’ll need to browse around it a bit to gain tokens that allow you to upload).