Huawei Matebook – Day 4, Testing Xubuntu 16.04

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.

Huawei Matebook running Xubuntu 16.04 Live

Huawei Matebook running Xubuntu 16.04 Live

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: 2160x1440@60.00hz
 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.

Huawei Matebook running Xubuntu 16.04, on Wifi, Playing a Youtube Video

Huawei Matebook running Xubuntu 16.04, on Wifi, Playing a Youtube Video

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.

Huawei Matebook screen measurement

Huawei Matebook screen measurement

 

Huawei Matebook screen measurement

Huawei Matebook screen measurement

6 Comments

6 Comments

    1. Trueriver says:

      Hi
      I have tried with Mint 18 Cinnamon live disk, boots OK and following work “out of the box”

      – touchscreen
      – wifi
      – touchpad (when keyboard attached).

      IN CONTRAST Mint 17.3 did not succeed with any of these items, but did recognise the keyboard.

      My guess therefore is that any Ubuntu 16.04 flavour will work, and earlier ones will not. This guess is based on the upstream Ubu versions that Mint derives from, and the fact that the Desktop/Window managers are above the Hardware Abstraction layer and should not therefore need to know about the hardware.

      I hope that helps, I know I am 4 months after your Q, but have only just got my hands on this shiny new toy 🙂

  1. Trueriver says:

    hi
    a couple of points

    The industry measures screens across the diagonal, so from your measurements it is certainly larger than 10″. 12 looks about right from your pix.

    Second, it comes from and phone manufacturer, and does not necessarily come with a keyboard. So dont think about F keys for special boot modes. Instead

    – to enter BIOS power on, and as soon as the power LED comes on, press and hold Vol Up till you see the Huawei logo

    – to enter Windows Rescue menu, power on, and as soon as the power LED comes on, press and hold Vol Down till you see the Huawei logo

    happy hacking

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