I backed the Kickstarter for Khadas Mind: Your Next-Gen Modular Workstation and today (2023-11-11) recieved the Khadas Mind Premium.
Needless to say, that I didn't plan on using Windoof 11 on this beauty. 🤓
So this page is all about me figuring out how to—best 🤞—use Linux on this device—as a daily driver.
I'm planing on leaving Windoof 11 on the SSD—a.k.a. going dual boot—to ease up my life with firmware updates.
That's actually something that I recently learned from my
struggle experience running Linux on the Lenovo ThinkPad X13s Gen 1—where I ended up NOT having a dual boot setup in favour of Debian/ Ubuntu Full Disk Encryption (FDE).
I'm planing on evaluating these Linux distributions/ flavours, in no particular order:
- ✅ Intel's Clear Linux
- ✅ elementary OS
- ✅ Stock Debian
- ✅ Pop!_OS
- ✅ Bluefin
- Stock Ubuntu
- Vanilla OS
- OpenBSD (did I say "Linux-only" 🙃)
I've opted NOT for dual-booting Clear Linux OS and Windows
10 11 OS on the same disk, but rather installed a 2nd SSD for installing Clear Linux.
The installation worked w/ out an issue—though the installer did not recognize the Wifi card, thus I had to fall back on Ethernet via external USB-C hub.
Also, after the installation Gnome seems not able to activate Bluetooth. I didn't drill into this issue, so I can't say whether it's an issue w/ the Bluetooth stack in general or (just/ likely) a driver issue, or…
BTW Suspend is working.
Only tested w/ live medium. Worked flawlessly. Though I didn't want to install right now. I'm rather waiting for the already in the works/ upcoming 8.0 release, which will be based on Ubuntu 24.4, thus expected for 2024.
Debian 12 (bookworm)
Installation and FDE went pretty straight forward—from
debian-12.4.0-amd64-netinst.iso (not so much from
debian-live-12.4.0-amd64-gnome.iso, b/c of issues w/ encryption on boot, likely installer issue?).
Went w/ minimal tiling DE leveraging Wayland and Sway via my beloved Regolith Desktop.
Only tested w/ live medium. Worked flawlessly. Of course 🤷♂️
REALLY curious about Bluefin. Even more though, after reading about how Brian is Bluefin…
Installed the latest iso (
bluefin-38-2023-10-27-x86_64-rc.iso), even though still beta ("This is an Beta and will remain a Beta until Fedora 40 is released.").
Install worked w/ out any issues, even though I opted for full disk encryption.
Now need to figure out all this Silverblue/ Bluefin "magic":
Bluefin Developer Experience (
bluefin-dx) is a dedicated developer image with bundled tools. Unlike traditional Linux systems, the operating system and developer environment are explicitly and purposely decoupled.
TO BE CONTINUED…