I’d like to share my experience of using Linux on the X1 Extreme G2.
- 6-core i7-9750
- 4K display
Linux distro used:
- Pop OS 19.10 (NVIDIA edition)
- Everything, including the brightness, volume, etc fn keys.
- Waking from sleep fails most times. The system turns back on, but all screens (including the internal one) stay black. Sometimes logging in via SSH and resetting Gnome works, sometimes restarting X works, sometimes I have to reboot the machine before the screens come back on.
- Adjusting display settings sometimes results in the whole system freezing, especially when a screen is connected via HDMI.
My setup might not be typical: I’m using both Thunderbolt ports to drive 3 external displays - two displays via a single cable (DisplayPort daisy-chaining) and a third display via the other TB3 port. At the office I also use three external displays, two via daisy-chaining but the third via HDMI. Now, to be fair, Windows is also struggling with this and it takes the system sometimes up to 10 seconds after waking from sleep before all displays work properly.
This is not a criticism of Pop OS 19.10. Understandably, System76 has to priortize their own line of laptops; I thoroughly enjoyed using their Linux distro on the desktop for a week - in that one week I learned so much about Linux that I really did not want to go back to Windows.
I watched Jay’s review of the X1 Extreme G1, he claims everything works out of the box using Pop OS. I will most likely try Ubuntu 20.04 and Pop OS 20.04 as soon as they become available and report back in this forum.
Has anyone gotten their X1 Extreme G2 working flawlessly under Linux?