The One Netbook One Mix Yoga mini PC will ship with Windows 10 when it hits the streets in the coming weeks, but since I’ve been testing a pre-production prototype sent to me by the folks at Geekbuying (who are taking pre-orders for $460), I figured I’d see how it handles the recently-released Ubuntu 18.04 Linux operating system.

For the most part it was smooth sailing, but there was one major issue: the Ubuntu didn’t recognize the little computer’s audio hardware out of the box. So while the keyboard, optical touch pointer, touchscreen, and digital pen all worked out of the box, audio did not.

It’s possible that the fix is as simple as locating the correct driver and installing it. Or you could plug in a USB audio dongle.

Another issue that arose is a little less significant: the display was in portrait orientation even when I was using the computer in laptop/landscape mode.

In order to fix that, I just hit the Windows key to open up the Ubuntu launcher/head-up display, typed “terminal” to open a terminal window, and typed “xrandr -o right” to rotate the screen so it was oriented properly. (Note that you shouldn’t include the quotation marks when typing any of those things).

Once I did that, I was able to connect to a WiFi network, open a web browser, and play videos from YouTube. I just couldn’t hear them.

If you’re wondering how easy it is to boot Ubuntu or another OS from a USB flash drive, the answer is very.

Just insert the flash drive with the OS you want to run, hit the power button to start the PC, then hold down the FN+F7 keys when the One Netbook logo shows up to get to a boot menu.

From there you can choose to boot from a USB drive, enter the UEFI/BIOS settings, or access a few other options. Booting Ubuntu 18.04 from a flash drive takes just a minute or two.

You can see the whole process in the video below (as well as the unexpected shutdown near the end… this is still a prototype device, after all):

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11 replies on “First look: One Mix Yoga running Ubuntu 18.04 Linux”

  1. I’ve been dying to ask: when you mentioned that the pen works, does that also mean pressure sensitivity as well as at least one of the buttons?

  2. It’d be nice to see some Windows on ARM devices in this form factor. While the initial devices this year aren’t great since they aren’t really leveraging much of ARM based SoC’s main advantages other than built-in LTE (which I like BTW).

    As for this device, I like the form factor. Yes, they seem to have copied GPD’s Pocket but GPD did also try to copy Apple’s MacBooks (they even compared it to MacBooks in their crowdfunding campaign and marketing). Too bad this device isn’t well built/designed. Seems to be par for the course with these smaller companies though.

    1. If it makes you feel any better, they probably aren’t paying MS for the Windows license.

      1. It’s not just the Windows license. I have doubts about running a full version of Windows on a minimum spec 7 inch 800×600 screen. Ubuntu runs well on lower spec hardware that would make Microsoft Windows gag. Microsoft’s minimum system requirements contributed to the unpopularity of Windows 8 and Vista for example.

  3. That optical mouse seems awkward to use. At least a trackpoint/stick would be easier to use. There’s no middle mouse button so I guess you can’t scroll/pan with the optical mouse.

    Does suspend/wake work? That’s another typical thing that may/may not work well out of the box.

    1. I have a GPD Pocket (which uses a trackstick) and have it set to scroll when holding the right mouse instead — which means no drag to resize windows, but still not bad.

      1. Wow, this notebook isn’t very good. I’m guessing tech support is worse than GPD’s (if you can get worse than non-existent). It’s probably safe to assume these issues will still exist with the retail version.

  4. Thanks for testing Ubuntu. It seems like the out of the box experience isn’t great. Although the things that don’t work seem to be usual things (may or may not be fixable). Although, even on the Windows side of things, this doesn’t seem very reliable. I understand this is a prototype but I’m not sure things will change much at this point with “production” units.

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