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Testing Ubuntu 18.04 on XIDU PhilPad 2-in-1 Hybrid with Touchscreen

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So I’ve just lately completed the evaluation of XIDU Philpad 2-in-1 hybrid with Home windows 10. The laptop includes a 13.Three″ touchscreen and help stylus, and I used to be intrigued whether or not these would work in Ubuntu 18.04. So I flash the Ubuntu 18.04.2 Desktop ISO to a flash drive and put in Ubuntu to a different USB flash drive to offer it a attempt with persistent storage. Observe that while it’s OK for testing, operating Ubuntu 18.04 from a USB flash drive could be very sluggish, so it’s not really helpful.

XIDU Philpad BIOS LinuxClick on to Enlarge

The excellent news is you could enter the BIOS by pressing both Esc or Del at boot time, an choice is out there to pick Linux within the BIOS.

I might then select Partition 1 in my bootable flash drive, and install Ubuntu 18.04 on the other drive with some endurance, and every little thing works easily, albeit slowly resulting from utilizing an affordable USB flash drive in the course of the installation.

XIDU PhilPad Ubuntu 18.04Click on to Enlarge

I examined all the primary hardware options:

  • Display – OK, 2560 x 1440 decision with 200% scale like in Home windows 10
  • Touchscreen – Sure, however with caveats see under.
  • USB 2.0 & USB 3.0 Ports – OK
  • 802.11ac WiFi – OK
  • Bluetooth – OK, though I had some troubles to hook up with my Bluetooth headset at first. It might pair, however not join, ultimately, this all labored out.
  • Keyboard – OK
  • Touchpad – OK
  • Stylus – OK, but with caveats see under
  • Cameras – Failed, none of the cameras labored (front-facing and rear). I tried in guvcviewer and HTML5 digital camera page, however realized there was not even a digital camera driver:
  • Constructed-in audio system and microphone – OK
  • Audio jack – OK
  • SD card socket – OK, tested with 32GB micro SD card
  • eMMC storage – OK. Detected and mounted as a “Windows” SD card

The touchscreen hardware does work, however some software like Firefox might not behave as one would anticipate out of the field. I couldn’t scroll web page with the touchscreen in Firefox, and as an alternative, it might choose the textual content. There are workarounds corresponding to launching this system as follows:

But none of them, including modifying /usr/share/purposes/firefox.desktop file, or altering some values in about:config, labored for me.

The stylus works as a mouse pointer. I additionally followed the instructions to make use of a pressure-sensitive stylus in GIMP. I went to Preferences->Enter Units, and Configure Extended Input Units, and this exhibits me a bunch of enter units.

gimp input device stylus ubuntu

Some are clearly the mouse pointer and touchpad, while the “Goodix” one is for the capacitive touchscreen. So I tried SINO WEALTH USB Composite Gadget which exhibits help for Strain, and selected “Screen” mode, before clicking Save. However using the drawing tools in Gimp, only allows me to attract factors with the stylus, not steady strains, and the dimensions of the factors is fastened regardless of how calmly or strongly I press on the show. Enjoying with “Dynamics Pressure Opacity” within the Airbrush settings didn’t yield any outcomes.

In summary, most features work, besides the cameras that fail utterly out of the box, and the touchscreen may have some fiddling with the settings depending on this system you’re using. I’m unclear whether it’s attainable to use the stylus at this stage.

I also collected some system info.

Output from lscpi:

and lsusb:

You’ll also find the dmesg (Linux boot log) right here.