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    Phoronix: The ASUS "Bay Trail" T100 Is Not Linux Friendly

    Last week I bought the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA, which is one of the first Intel "Bay Trail" devices in the United States. At a cost of $399 USD, it isn't as cheap as some Bay Trail devices talked up by Intel, but I was eager to see how the "Valley View" graphics would perform and all-around how this Atom SoC would run under Linux. Sadly, the ASUS T100TA appears to be a crap wreck at this point for running Linux...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ5NzE

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    Hopefully it isn't like this for other Bay Trail ultraportables. Otherwise, my plan of getting a Linux friendly ultra-mobile device is going to be postponed.

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    • #3
      It's a long shot but...

      Not sure if you have run into this before, but on my wife's Acer I had to put in a BIOS password for all options before it would let me turn off the secure boot and then put UEFI back to legacy bios, but at that point Linux installed like a charm. Not sure if the Asus even has that option, can't tell from the screens in the article. Like I said, still a long shot...Good luck. Just read online, no legacy options. Damn.

      BTW your captcha to register is terrible to navigate, the images suck to i.d.

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      • #4
        Welcome to the world of firmware issues, where companies keep releasing super broken firmware.

        One thing to try is to replace Windows' bootmgfw.efi with the GRUB2 one. Although doing that off Windows itself might not work all that well...

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        • #5
          Glad to know this, I was seriously thinking of picking one up, but it's sad it's such crap.

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          • #6
            I'm a lot more interested to know if Asus is going to release a native Android for it.

            This thing is meant to be a tablet - it's not a laptop for Linux.

            With just 2GB (there's no way to expand it) of RAM T100 is useless both for Windows 8 and for Linux.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by birdie View Post
              With just 2GB of RAM T100 is useless both for Windows 8 and for Linux.
              Nonsense. That's more than enough RAM for using Linux (and probably Windows 8 as well) to do tasks you would do on a tablet.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by birdie View Post
                I'm a lot more interested to know if Asus is going to release a native Android for it.

                This thing is meant to be a tablet - it's not a laptop for Linux.

                With just 2GB (there's no way to expand it) of RAM T100 is useless both for Windows 8 and for Linux.
                Fire up a puppy

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by phoronix View Post
                  Phoronix: The ASUS "Bay Trail" T100 Is Not Linux Friendly

                  Last week I bought the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA, which is one of the first Intel "Bay Trail" devices in the United States. At a cost of $399 USD, it isn't as cheap as some Bay Trail devices talked up by Intel, but I was eager to see how the "Valley View" graphics would perform and all-around how this Atom SoC would run under Linux. Sadly, the ASUS T100TA appears to be a crap wreck at this point for running Linux...

                  http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ5NzE
                  don't give up

                  I managed to get ubuntu booting to command line via grub x86 EFI (ia32)

                  http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost...postcount=1500

                  http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2500078

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                  • #10
                    Can't you netboot?

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                    • #11
                      my first post contained urls, and has been sent to the mod queue awaiting approval

                      anyways, I managed to get ubuntu to boot up.

                      you need a 32-bit EFI GRUB at <usb drive>/efi/boot/bootia32.efi

                      here is the manual URL
                      http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2500078

                      http://forums.anandtech.com/showpost...postcount=1500

                      EDIT: first posts containing URL are placed into pending, but first posts without URL are allowed, and can be edited to contain URL... yay

                      IMAGE:
                      Last edited by paperwastage; 10-27-2013, 05:35 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BSDude View Post
                        Fire up a puppy
                        Puppy uses some ancient components, and we're talking about 2GB of RAM here, not 256MB...

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                        • #13
                          Fucking UEFI
                          As if we hadn't already enough to worry when buying a Linux laptop!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by birdie View Post
                            With just 2GB (there's no way to expand it) of RAM T100 is useless both for Windows 8 and for Linux.
                            Do you sell RAMs or something? Otherwise I fail to see the validity of such a post...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DanL View Post
                              Nonsense. That's more than enough RAM for using Linux (and probably Windows 8 as well) to do tasks you would do on a tablet.
                              Linux on a touch device? Tell me more - it's not about RAM, it's about usability.

                              2GB of RAM is just too little for Windows, besides I hate Metro and there are far fewer apps for Windows.

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