Part II of the ongoing series. To read the Part I go here. Initial installation requirements and initial positive results on the HP Envy Note 8. This is using kernel 4.15.0-34 generic.
Install Hardware Required:
Micro usb to full size usb 2.0
Do not use
Linuxium: Running Ubuntu on Intel Bay Trail and Cherry Trail Devices
We installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS with a rolling kernel option using Linuxium's isorespin.sh which can be found here: https://linuxiumcomau.blogspot.com/2017/06/customizing-ubuntu-isos-documentation.html
Pre-install checks and issues:
✔ Installed ALL Windows 10 updates to native OS.
✔ Tested the HP Stylus Pen with Windows 10 drivers.
✔ Created a complete Windows 10 recovery usb.
✔ Created and tested some programs and the stylus pen with live linuxium's script, image with Unetbootin.
✘ Started live ubuntu install - but froze - after a week of live testing.
✘ Porked the UEFI bootloader, "no OS installed," thanks Windows 10, you never cease to amaze us.
✔ Reinstalled Windows 10 from recovery usb.
✔ Re-ran another new ubuntu live usb, wiping Windows 10, installed Ubuntu Mate.
Working (the bare minimum):
✔ Touch Display (high dpi and standard)
✔ HP Pen Stylus
✔ Digitizer with pressure sensitivity
✔ Rotate Screen + Input Script download
✔ SIM card on Ting (documentation pending)
✔ External in-line Mic with Bluetooth earbuds
✔ Keyboard input via micro-usb
Not working - yet (deal breakers):
✘ GPS sensors (some programs only with SIM card)
✘ Orientation sensors
✘ Microphone (recognized, needs more testing)
Helpful things (to solve other problems):
✔ Onboard keyboard
✔ KDE Connect
✔ smb NAS shares
😒 Seeing more random system freezes due to 2GB RAM.
😒 Gnome Maps includes Gnome3 idiotic window decoration.
😒 Brisk menu covers onboard keyboard.
😒 Onboard not present on screen saver/screen lock. Must "switch user" to regain access.
😒 Audible clicking after login while Sound auto mutes, aka the heliocopter noise bug.
😒 Wallpaper does not render correctly after rotate script, halving 50% of the screen for some programs in landscape.
😒 Brisk menu in portrait occasionally will only span 50% of display.
✔ Kodi: Youtube, Lazyman addons work.
✔ Gimp: successfully resized a 4K image to native 1920x1200 resolution.
✔ Most standard Mate software
This is of course our initial list and we haven't had much time to really give any of these major issues a real chance at troubleshooting. We are hopeful that this tablet really can replace our daily-use Android device!