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Been doing some work with the Asus UX302  Ultrabooks to better support Linux. Over the past week or so, I have figured out how to get proper video resolution, working function keys, and suspend working using 3.14 mainline kernel on Arch Linux.

See the thread here if you are interested:
https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=177296

UX302LA and UX302LG
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Hi folks, looking for some advice on Linux compatible Ultrabooks (or ultraportables). Looking for a 12-14" screen with >=1080p and Intel haswell CPU/GPU. Want to spend between $800-$1000. If not already shipped with 8GB RAM or SSD, these must be easily able to be  upgraded. Also looking for 6+ hours battery life (at least the Win8 rated claim).

Here are some of the candidates I have been looking at. Just not sure which one to buy after researching compatibility. The 2-in-1 option is kinda neat, but not if it kills compatibility for any reason (screen rotation, poor touch support in Linux etc.)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/zenbook-13-3-touch-screen-laptop-4gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive-16gb-solid-state-drive/1737324.p?id=1219062289095&skuId=1737324&st=categoryid$pcmcat247400050000&cp=1&lp=1

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/spectre-ultrabook-13-3-touch-screen-laptop-4gb-memory-128gb-solid-state-drive/2587056.p?id=1219074363609&skuId=2587056&st=categoryid$pcmcat247400050000&cp=1&lp=15#tab=overview

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ideapad-yoga-2-pro-ultrabook-2-in-1-13-3-touch-screen-laptop-8gb-memory/1817254.p?id=1219065404810&skuId=1817254&st=categoryid$pcmcat247400050000&cp=1&lp=1

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/vaio-flip-14a-2-in-1-14-touch-screen-laptop-8gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/2006033.p?id=1219068209364&skuId=2006033&st=categoryid$pcmcat247400050000&cp=1&lp=13

System76 and Dell Sputnik also being considered, but I don't like that I can't see the devices in person. Like the reviews on the others, they are all over the place.  I also really like the new Samsung ATIV haswell models too, but they are expensive.

Please don't reply unless you have direct experience with running Linux/Arch on said device.

Thanks!
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Thanks guys. I don't think there are many of this model out in the wild yet. And of those, I wasn't able to find anything about someone running Linux. It is fun to be a pioneer once in awhile and  I am so glad it worked out!
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Name that Chromebook - my Acer c720p now has a big brother...well maybe I should say grandpa LOL. 
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+Chris Robato Yes, that CPU would a bit better for performance:-) They aren't bad machines at all for what they cost back then. Mine has an aluminum shell for the lid and the battery life is much better than most laptops of that generation (8hrs vs 3-4hrs).
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We're ready Ion, bring on the heavy stuff!
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Wow...my comment was censored (removed) on the WSJ! Unless my eyes are deceiving me, my comment was removed sometime yesterday evening or overnight.  After posting, my comment was quickly getting several thumbs up from readers and I must have hit a sore spot.  I merely pointed out how AOSP and the Linux kernel are open source making Android itself as a full fledged open source OS.  I then explained that only the Google apps and services layer was proprietary and not part of the open OS itself.  I explained how the open source OS itself would be much more likely to end up in new devices (refrigerators, cars etc.) than would the popular competitors because their OS AND app layers were closed source. Why not explain that Android is still the most open and flexible mobile OS out there? It would have been nice if the article would have been more balanced and pointed these things out for the reader.  Even though the article's content is truthful, it becomes more of hit piece that puts doubt in the minds of folks that don't understand the big picture, how Android works, and how much more closed their competitors really are.  

And to think that the the European Commission is considering this model "problematic" because a company designs and gives an OS away for free and then optionally charges for a software layer to use their services. This is insane and idiotic. Success is not allowed anymore. These regulators are out of control.  Instead, they should be looking into the monopoly of the media companies and the unfair and unbalanced job these conglomerates are doing across the board.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304888404579378850231234912?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304888404579378850231234912.html
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My debian jessie crouton desktop on the Acer c720p. I am loving the combination of ChromeOS and a full blown distro at my fingertips when I need it. While it won't replace my development desktop or laptop anytime soon, it is a powerful little device that has its place in the ecosystem.
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Awesome! Thanks!
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Dig what the auto awesome feature did to this pic. Should have posted this one instead of the original.
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/3113884?hl=en
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Here is how I was able to get my Acer c720p Chromebook touchscreen working in Ubuntu 13.10. 

[Note: This is not needed in Crouton since it runs on top of the ChromeOS Linux kernel. It is only for native Ubuntu or Ubuntu derivative installations using SeaBIOS direct boot, i.e. Cntl-L]

Disclaimer: This is considered experimental, please proceed at your own risk! Installing Ubuntu on your Chromebook is not supported by Google.

Credits:
*Jay Lee's ChrUbuntu for newer  x86-based Chromebooks and Haswell devices. In particular, the following script is what I tweaked to build the proper kernel modules:  http://goo.gl/kz917j
*Google, since I simply plucked the necessary driver source from their Chrome kernel repo.
*Benson Leung for his already ported haswell patches.

What does it do?
1) Downloads the current kernel source from Ubuntu into your temp folder.
2) Patches the kernel with Benson Leung's haswell i2c-designware-pcidrv.c patches.
3) Replaces the atmel and chromeos_laptop drivers with the latest source from Google's source.
4) Compiles the kernel modules and installs them

Instructions:
1)  I used the haswell ChrUbuntu install script to install Ubuntu on my Acer c720p:
 
http://chromeos-cr48.blogspot.com/2013/10/chrubuntu-for-new-chromebooks-now-with.html

Note: While I used ChrUbuntu to do the install of Ubuntu, the following script should also work on manual installs of Ubuntu 13.10 to get the touchpad and touchscreen working.

2) Download the script
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxMvXgjEztvAeTVtVVNyTm5PbEU/edit?usp=sharing

3)  Make the script executable (terminal command line)

$ chmod a+x cros-haswell-modules_motley.sh

4) Run the script (uses sudo and will prompt for a password)

$ ./cros-haswell-modules_motley.sh

5) Reboot

6) Please report back and give feedback.

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Since I started ChrUbuntu back in December of 2010, it's always been necessary to utilize the Chrome OS Linux kernel with Ubuntu in order to solve some compatibility issues with the Chromebook architecture. That's changed wit...
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+Bao Niu please see near the top of this discussion for some answers. This is only a fix to get the touchscreen driver working in the kernel and doesn't help the shortcomings when it comes to supporting touch within various linux applications.
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