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UbuntuGnome 14.04 running on Yoga Pro 2

UbuntuGnome running on Yoga Pro 2



I just got a Yoga Pro 2 and installed UbuntuGnome from http://ubuntugnome.org on it, works great.

Create a USB boot drive with another Ubuntu machine, plug the USB stick on it.

Yoga Keys boot key

F12 - Boot menu to select booting from usb drive
F2 - Bios Menu

Power down the computer. Push the “novo” button ounce or press F2 while booting, to force the computer to enter into BIOS menus. Disable “Security Boot” and disable “Lenovo Fast Boot”. Leave UEFI option turned on since Ubuntu 14.04 supports UEFI out of the box. I also enabled the Functions keys in the BIOS by default, but this is not required, personal preference.

Create to boot USB disk


Avoid using something like Unetbootin to create a UEFI-bootable flash drive, it does not work yet.

Format your flash drive with a single FAT32 partition.  Copy the contents of the Ubuntu ISO (use your favorite archiving tool - 7zip for example) or CD to it.  Use a recent 64-bit Ubuntu version.

That's all you need to do.  No need to install a boot loader or use special tool.

You can also use Ubuntu tool for UEFI bootable flash drive.

 After install

UbuntuGnome will boot with full resolution, also Gnome 3.10 supports HiRes. Select the partition size for Ubuntu let the UbuntuGnome installer resize your windows partition. Grub will have an option to boot windows after the install is done and will setup Ubuntu as the default OS.

In UbuntuGnome 14.04 to make bluetooth and wifi work you need to blacklist the ideapad_laptop module
$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-ideapad_laptop.conf
blacklist ideapad_laptop


After this reboot the laptop, this will enable wifi, bluetooth.

What works

Almost everything works great out of the box in UbuntuGnome 14.04, there isn't many changes you need to do.

Sound works

Options keys for sound work, side sound button up/down works.

Screen

Everything works, brightness, resolution changes, even the option key to turn off the screen and brightness.

Camera

Works fine.

Sleep works

No issue.

Keyboard works

Keyboard background light works, menu key works, Special Fn key mute, volume up, volume down, turn off screen, refresh, brightness up and down, menu key, keyboard light, side buttons for up and down volume, work as expected.

Wifi and bluetooth works

No issues.

Does not work out of the box

Special Fn keys,   show all screens, side mute button, disable track-pad function, air-plane mode function,.

Optional SSD tunning

This fstab change is optional and should reduce the amount of writes to your ssd, no real problem here just a personal preference.
In Ubuntu 14.04 fstrim is enabled by default on /etc/cron.weekly/fstrim, no need to tweak anything else for SSD.

On /etc/fstab file change the root mount line to add extra parameters and mount /tmp and /var/tmp as a tmpfs, as described below:

UUID=9-5-4-a / ext4 noatime,nodiratime,discard,errors=remount-ro 0 1
tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults,noexec,nosuid 0 0

tmpfs /var/tmp tmpfs defaults,noexec,nosuid 0 0

Setting to use Hi-res

UbuntuGnome 14.04 supports Hi-res by default, no changes required.

Tweaks to make some Apps work better with Hi-Res

Firefox works fine with Hires, but you need to scale to 200% every new web site you open, or install NoSquint and Grab and Drag add ons, to make firefox more tablet friendly.

Chromium renders the site with the correct scale, but Chromium menu is not usable in Hires, chromium supports the touchscreen better than firefox if you wish to use it with the touchscreen Chromium is the better choice.

You can change the scale factor on the cmd line, by running:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 1

Run chromium at device scale in case it starts with big fonts.
chromium-browser --force-device-scale-factor=1

Cheese and Totem, have problem with the video scale, it plays and works fine but the video only fills 1/4 of the area it is supposed to fill.

Ubuntu extras and tools

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

sudo apt-get install p7zip-rar p7zip-full unace unrar zip unzip sharutils rar uudeview mpack arj cabextract file-roller htop dconf-editor gnome-tweak-tool

#media players [lots of packages for these]
sudo apt-get install vlc clementine minitube

# DVD support
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder libdvdread4 totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert libmad0 mpg321 libavcodec-extra


sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

Touchpad

sudo gedit /etc/X11/Xsession.d/80xinput

xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Device Accel Profile" 2
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Device Accel Constant Deceleration" 8
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Device Accel Adaptive Deceleration" 8
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Device Accel Velocity Scaling" 8
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Finger" 35 45 0
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Coasting Speed" 5 15
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Tap Time" 120
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Tap Move" 300
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Noise Cancellation" 20 20
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Scrolling" 1 1
xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Circular Scrolling" 8 1
xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Palm Detection" 8 1
xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "CornerCoasting" 8 1

Fonts


You can use the gnome-tweak-tool or dconf-editor to change the font settings for gnome apps.

Firefox and Chrome don't use the gnome configuration for fonts, but you can create a file in your home dir with

gedit ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf

firefox and chrome will use that file.

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM 'fonts.dtd'>
<fontconfig>
<match target="font">
<edit mode="assign" name="autohint">
<bool>true</bool>
</edit>
</match>
<match target="font">
<edit mode="assign" name="rgba">
<const>rgb</const>
</edit>
</match>
<match target="font">
<edit mode="assign" name="hinting">
<bool>true</bool>
</edit>
</match>
<match target="font">
<edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle">
<const>hintslight</const>
</edit>
</match>
<match target="font">
<edit mode="assign" name="antialias">
<bool>true</bool>
</edit>
</match>
<dir>~/.fonts</dir>
</fontconfig>


For more fonts:
http://www.google.com/fonts

Intel Video drivers [not recomended]

Follow the link https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads.

# Download "Graphics Installer 1.0.5 for Ubuntu* 14.04, 64-bit"
sudo dpkg -i intel-linux-graphics-installer_1.0.5-0intel1_amd64.deb

# Run
intel-linux-graphics-installer

You can scale the screen using
xrandr --output eDP1 --scale 0.7x0.7

How To Install GNOME 3.12 [not recomended]

This is not recommended but in case you want to try the latest Ubuntu gnome 3.12, here is a link below that describes the process:
http://www.webupd8.org/2014/05/how-to-install-gnome-312-in-ubuntu.html

sudo apt-get install bijiben polari gnome-clocks gnome-weather gnome-maps gnome-music install gnome-photos gnome-documents gnome-contacts epiphany-browser gnome-sushi gnome-boxes gnome-shell-extensions gnome-tweak-tool

Wifi network card upgrade [not recommended, only do it if you need dual band wifi]

I also upgraded the wifi network card to a intel dual band, link to amazon.
Youtube video how to upgrade to a dual band widi card, video link.

sudo lspci -v
01:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev 6b)
    Subsystem: Intel Corporation Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
    Capabilities: [154] Vendor Specific Information: ID=cafe Rev=1 Len=014
    Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi

USB 3 ethernet adapter

I got this on frys, below is the link for amazon. It works great

http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Multimedia-Gigabit-Ethernet-UE3000/dp/B00DWXV4SY
I'm also using a SIIG usb 3 hub with power adapter to plug a sound logitech usb sound bar, the usb 3 ethernet adapter, and a external disk 60 Gb ssd disk.

http://www.amazon.com/SIIG-7-Port-USB-3-0-Adapter/dp/B00AAHLWA0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404719193&sr=8-1&keywords=siig+usb+3+hub


References

Ubuntu, Kubuntu, UbunutGnome 14.04 support for HiRes in Yoga Pro 2
Ubuntu 14.04 running in yoga pro 2
UbuntuGnome 14.04 running on yoga pro 2 
Kubuntu14.04 running in yoga pro 2

Other References

https://github.com/pfps/yoga-laptop

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