Ubuntu on Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is Awesome / by Brian Lambert

I've just installed Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 on a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro with only minor annoyances.

There's a lot of hoopla over on ask ubuntu about this model. Perhaps some of it refers to the initial revisions of the computer? I don't know. Mine was made on Jan 26, 2014 and what I can tell you is that it more or less works flawlessly.

Installation instructions to wipe Windows 8 and install Ubuntu (in my case, Ubuntu GNOME 13.10):

  • Turn the machine off.
  • Insert Ubuntu USB boot memory stick.
  • Start machine while holding Fn+F2. Enter BIOS and move the USB boot stick to #1 position. There's no need to do anything else.
  • Exit & Save. Reboot.
  • If your screen is black, press F12 to brighten it. DUH. (In general, if your screen is black when installing Ubuntu, try to increase the brightness using the keyboard before going off to try more elaborate fixes.)
  • Select Install Ubuntu / Erase disk. Don't worry about being on the Internet. Just install it.
  • Reboot.
  • Once Ubuntu comes up, open a terminal and enter:
sudo rmmod ideapad_laptop
  • This will enable your wireless. Set it up, and then update the system using Software Updater. Once it's all up to date, install your development poop and start coding. 

For now, it appears that on each fresh boot you will have to remove the ideapad_laptop module from the Linux Kernel using the rmmod command above. Big whoop. This is simple enough to do and the problem will most likely get fixed at some point.

Now, the display on this laptop is incredibly high-res. 3200x1800. I found that changing the resolution to 1920x1080 produces an amazingly readable display. Perfect to my eye. One day there will be High DPI support in Linux. For now, this is awesome. Don't think twice about buying this machine because of the reports out there that claim it looks crappy at a lower resolution. They are simply wrong.

Now, the cool stuff. This machine is AWESOME.

The 256 GB SSD in my machine delivers blazing performance:


Geekbench 3.1.4 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) reports:

 3,198 Single-Core
 6,197 Multi-Core

Click here for my test results.

This is impressive. It's within a hair of my MacBook Air and cost about 1/2 as much.

// EOF