Linux on Huawei Matebook D
Last year I bought an Huawei Matebook D to use at home for light workload like surfing the web (is this term still in use?) and take notes for my blog.
The Matebook replaced my tablet, I preferred an actual laptop over a tablet with a keyboard.
After a year of use I finally decided to install Linux on the laptop. Here I share my experience.
I’ll keep updating this post with new findings.
The laptop is an HUAWEI KPL-W00D with AMD R5-2500 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD and full HD 14” display.
I’m pretty satisfied by the form factor and performances, it is exactly what I expected.
The laptop comes with Windows 10 Home, on the disk the usual recovery partitions are available for recovery.
Move to Linux
Installation was very smooth. First thing I did a backup of the Windows partition with Veeam .
Then I created a bootable USB drive with Rufus and booted the laptop (press F12 to boot from USB).
After testing all the necessary hardware works I installed Fedora in the internal SSD, deleting all the Windows partitions.
All the keyboard shortcuts work out of the box, including:
- screen brightness adjustment
- wifi switch
- print screen
Battery monitor seems reliable.
Mouse Logitech G305 works.
Bluetooh works! I successfully paired my headphones Sony MDR-ZX7700BN .
What’s not working
Suspend to disk works fine.
hibernation is not working, the laptop has some weird graphical issues and needs an hard reset to restart.
As a workaround I set the action for the power button to Suspend.
Update Jan 7th
The system froze a few times. Googling the error message I found this suggested solution
dnf remove tpm2-abrmd
It seems to work so far.
Update Jan 11th
GUI still freezes sometimes. Updated to kernel 5.4.8-200.fc31.x86_64.
Most software I use outside work is available on Linux so I just installed what I need to start.
I use Veeam Desktop to backup my machines so now I need to find a replacement.
Hibernation is not that important, boot time is so small that a shutdown has no impact. I’ll keep and eye on forums for a fix.
For non business use Linux makes more sense to me, for privacy , security and management.
I noticed CPU and RAM use are much lower that on Windows 10. The laptop has 6,8G of RAM free because video memory is shared. I noticed I barely reach 4G running my usual setup.
The WAF test passed successfully, mainly because the browser is the only application used ;-)
My experience with Fedora so far is good. This laptop is my secondary machine, after some use I’ll try the same on my main machine, an Intel NUC .
Update Jan 12, 2020
After almost a week I didn’t managed to fix the problems with the GUI with Fedora 31. It freezes for 5 to 10 seconds with a big impact on usability.
So I switched to Ubuntu 19.10 , no problems so far. Hibertnation is not an option, suspension works fine.
It took 30 minutes to re-install the OS and all the software I use for personal productivity.