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Old 05-28-2015, 07:48 AM   #1
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Atom chip computer efi/uefi, need distro suggestions.


Is there any non-obscure linux distro that will boot on a computer with a atom chip without having to build the grub bootloader yourself. By non-obscure I mean opensuse,redhat,ubuntu,arch,mint.
I don't understand this whole efi/uefi thing and I don't want to know either, all I need is a stable linux computer.
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It's a 1.3GHz Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail Atom processor, Asus Transformer Book T100

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Old 05-28-2015, 07:58 AM   #2
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Probably Ubuntu as well as MINT and MINT Debian, but what ATOM chip/system is the more relevant question here.
 
Old 05-28-2015, 08:14 AM   #3
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Any somewhat recent distro will boot on UEFI systems without problems, all distros I know of support Atom chips. There are some Atom chips (mostly from the N/D2000 series) that use a PowerVR design for graphics, which has very bad Linux support.
 
Old 05-28-2015, 08:24 AM   #4
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I want to know what chip because to me ATOM is fairly old, back in the days where they used some odd bridge chip requiring the Poulsbo graphics driver, that would be like the N270 or something like that. I know that Ubuntu, and thus MINT had it no problem.

Either case, I think Intel has been churning out newer chips. Not sure if they have any of them with UEFI BIOS either. That's why I'm asking what the chip and system specs are.

@OP, by the way, you can LIVE boot a Linux distribution to test it out.
 
Old 05-28-2015, 08:28 AM   #5
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Never had a problem with Atoms and Linux.
 
Old 05-28-2015, 04:13 PM   #6
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The big ones should work. What Atom chip do you have? Is this a tablet? Can you attach a keyboard to access bios?
 
Old 05-28-2015, 05:20 PM   #7
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I did edit my original post to include the specs but maybe it got lost in the noise so here it is again.
It's a 1.3GHz Intel Atom Z3740 Bay Trail Atom processor, Asus Transformer Book T100
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Old 05-28-2015, 06:16 PM   #8
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http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/tab...rmer-book-t100

Mine is a older touchscreen atom netbook so I have no suggestion.
 
Old 05-28-2015, 06:32 PM   #9
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Z3740 should work great with just about any linux. It's a fairly recent Bay Trail based Atom with 4 cores, so has intel HD graphics (supported very well in the free drivers), and of course despite being super low powered has 4 cores so anything that supports multi-threaded will actually still perform pretty decent. I had a dual-core bay trail cpu (N2840) that's pretty much identical other than cpu speeds and it worked WONDERFULLY with Debian Jesse.
 
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While the Atom chip in this netbook/tablet is well supported, the machine it self maybe is not: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTQ5NzE
 
Old 05-29-2015, 10:02 AM   #11
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While the Atom chip in this netbook/tablet is well supported, the machine it self maybe is not: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTQ5NzE
"The ASUS "Bay Trail" T100 Is Not Linux Friendly"
And I've learnt that the hard way. Oh well Asus has just been filed in my POS folder along with Apple's crap.
Thanks for the input

Posted this from my dell mini 1010 (2008?) Atom n270 running kubuntu 14.04 which still works perfectly fine but the case is smashed and not repairable.
 
Old 05-30-2015, 05:55 AM   #12
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Posted this from my dell mini 1010 (2008?) Atom n270 running kubuntu 14.04 which still works perfectly fine but the case is smashed and not repairable.
Try picking up an old/dead one & swap cases(?)
 
Old 05-30-2015, 01:15 PM   #13
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I've never bothered with EFI/UEFI as you can still disable secure boot and enable legacy/CSM to boot it the pre-EFI way.

Rumor has it that ubuntu and fedora are signed with microsoft keys and are probably safe bets for hassle free with regards to EFI/UEFI.

A lot of distros are EFI compliant, but you have to manually add the keys or something or other. I have an atom laptop, I do need a recent kernel to use the touchpad and other quirks. Everything else pretty much just works. Debian has the kernel-package package to help you build your own kernel while still using the package management system.
 
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There is an issue with GRUB and UEFI. You can't edit the kernel parameters in GRUB when booting on a machine with SecureBoot enabled. No more booting to RAM.
 
  


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