[GTALUG] great boxing week ultrabook deal

D. Hugh Redelmeier hugh at mimosa.com
Fri Jan 1 00:54:46 UTC 2016

| From: D. Hugh Redelmeier <hugh at mimosa.com>

| <http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/pdp/ASUS-ZenBook-UX305CA-UHM4T-Signature-Edition-Laptop/productID.327234200>
| <http://forums.redflagdeals.com/ms-store-650-50-gc-asus-zenbook-ux305ca-256gb-ssd-8gb-ram-qhd-1889197/>

| Price so good that I and others thought it might be an error.  It
| still seems to be available online but not in-store at Yorkdale.

The deal is real -- I snagged two.  I think it ends on Jan 3 but don't
count on it.

| Hints for perfecting Kubuntu on this machine:
| <https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/3ia8ta/review_of_ubuntu_on_asus_ux305fa/>

There are further problems.  The deal is for a ux305ca, slightly
different.  The main challenge is that Linux is lagging on Intel
Skylake support and the ux305ca uses Skylake (a Good Thing, but
inconvenient right now).

On Fedora 23, the touchpad didn't work and the display showed up at
low resolution.  The fix is to run the rawhide kernel because it does
have some skylake fixes.  Oh, and you need to turn off Secure Boot in
the UEFI config menu (Asus boot menu).

Notice who filed the second bugzilla.  Also notice how the diagnostic
does not point well at the problem.

There are still some slightly rough spots but I haven't worked at them.

- I don't know how to access the Home, Page Up, Page Down, and End
  codes (second meaning for arrow keys but holding Fn doesn't work).

- the airplane mode light (in the keycap) is on but I'm not in
  airplane mode

Probably more when I get more experience with it.

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