Surface Book Dual boot

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  • Matt

    Hello, 

    I was able to boot Neverware from USB on a 1st gen Microsoft Surface Book. All seemed to be working fine apart from the touchscreen. Any chance to get drivers to make it work? 

  • Forrest Smith

    Hey man,

     

    First- wow, cool that you put CloudReady on a Surface book. I wish I could see it in action.

     

    Second - There could be an issue with boot parameters preventing the machine from booting CloudReady. You might to bypass the OS-picker and instead try different options from the boot menu to see if any of those work.

     

     

  • Forrest Smith

    There's no easy way to add drivers to CloudReady on the fly - they need to be added at build-time as a general rule.

     

    I've also heard of touchscreen issues occurring on Surface Pro 4s - I think it's possible Microsoft is using touch devices or configurations that aren't supported by the stable Linux kernel. Have you compared to Ubuntu? Does you touchscreen work there? If not, it may require experimental or unfinished drivers.

  • Matt

    Hello, 

    I haven't tried Ubuntu on Surface Book yet and don't think I will. I am looking to make it work with Neverware or get a Pixel Book at some point. Is there anything in the pipeline regarding the MS book family in terms of drivers? 

  • Forrest Smith

    Nothing we're working on - sorry. We have to focus on the devices that are most common among Education and Business customers, which sadly doesn't include Surfaces at this point.

    Again - if the main Linux kernel maintainers merge in support for this, you can expect it to work in CloudReady over time. That's the main reason to compare to Ubuntu - if a newer version of Ubuntu works then it might signal that the touch support is on it's way.

  • Matt

    Do you guys have any driver packages to download? For instance to enable touch screens, touch pads, etc? 

  • Forrest Smith

    Sadly no. See my comment 2nd comment in this thread:

     

    There's no easy way to add drivers to CloudReady on the fly - they need to be added at build-time as a general rule.

     

    That's why waiting for a fix for this stuff to be merged into the vanilla stable Linux kernel is the only option I can offer. Sorry not to have a better fix!  

  • Matt

    OK, no probs. Looks like putting Chrome OS on a Surface Book isn't popular :P

  • Matthias

    Hi, one of you said that if we have a linux driver for surface it might work.

    here is a page from github that contains drivers for touchscreen and much more:

    http://github.com/jakeday/linux-surface.git 

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