I wanted to test Linux on the Huawei Matebook but it only has a USB Type-C connector. I had tried using a USB A Female to A Female adapter for a mouse and a flash drive but it didn’t work. So, I ordered a new flash drive. I hope you people are happy. The drive I ordered is the Kingston Digital 16GB Data Traveler Micro Duo USB 3C Flash Drive. It has a USB 3.0 connection on one side, and a Type-C connection on the other. It was only a few dollars and I figured I could use it on the Pixel C even if it doesn’t work on the Matebook.
First thing I did was burn the Xubuntu 16.04 ISO onto the drive. I shutdown the system, inserted the flash drive, powered on and began drumming on the usual BIOS keys. I assumed it would be locked down so I would have to enter the BOIS or something to get it to boot. No BIOS, but it did boot to flash drive. About 30 seconds later I had Xubuntu up and running. After screwing up my 37 character WPA2 key a few times, I was on the network.
In case you can’t read the Inxi output in the horrible photo, it reads:
xubuntu@xubuntu:~$ inxi -Fi System: Host: xubuntu Kernel: 4.4.0-21-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Ubuntu 16.04 xenial Machine: Mobo: Huawei model: HZ-W19 v: A Bios: American Megatrends v: 0.28 date: 03/31/2016 CPU: Dual core Intel Core m5-6Y54 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB clock speeds: max: 2700 MHz 1: 621 MHz 2: 1110 MHz 3: 1395 MHz 4: 501 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics 515 (Skylake GT2) GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0 Audio: Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA v: k4.4.0-21-generic Network: Card: Broadcom BCM4356 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter driver: brcmfmac IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: 00:90:4c:14:b0:01 WAN IP: ##.###.##.### IF: wlp1s0 ip-v4: 10.0.0.5 Drives: HDD Total Size: NA (-) ID-1: /dev/sda model: KINGSTON_RBU size: 256.1GB ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: DT_microDuo_3C size: 15.5GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 3.9G used: 185M (5%) fs: overlay dev: N/A RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 39.0C mobo: 0.0C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 209 Uptime: 4 min Memory: 402.2/7897.1MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.35
Everything works! Well, no special keys of course. But like my other laptop I can easily change the keyboard settings to make the brightness, volume, and other buttons work. The important stuff though – Network, Video, audio, USB, IT ALL WORKS! The screen looks so tiny. 2160p on a 10″ screen without High DPI settings.
I had to fix that, but I was already almost out of power and had stupidly left my charger for both the Pixel C and the Matebook at work. I have my charger with a Type-C adapter in the car but it is built into the charger so I can’t use it in the house. I probably should have bought a combo-charger and USB hub. They had them but I just didn’t see the use for one just yet. Stupid brain trying to rationalize its way out of an impulse buy. I’ll need a spare Type C to USB type A Female cable anyway, so I’ll swing by and pickup one tonight and recharge it.
So, more testing tomorrow with Linux. For now, still happy with it.
Update: Someone asked about the size because everyone is saying it is a 12 inch display. Decide for yourself based off of these photos. This is not a pre-production model, this is exactly what will be shipping.