So last night I finally got around to moving my last laptop over to Ubuntu from the dreaded Windows 10. The laptop in question is a small HP Stream portable that I have had kicking around for a while. Since information about working distributions on specific hardware can be hard to find sometimes, I thought I would publish my experiences here and also share the small number of fixes I had to implement post-install.
As per usual, there are a huge number of configurations on HP Stream 11 laptops. The one in question here is a HP Stream 11-d000na fitted with a Realtek RTL8723BE WiFi card, Intel Celeron N2840 (with Intel Graphics), 32GB eMMC storage & 2GB of RAM.
I had delayed doing this switch over because one of my friends had reported on previous versions of Ubuntu (probably related to the Linux Kernel) had terrible performance issues with the eMMC storage this laptop uses. However, they happily reported a few days back it appeared to be fixed in Ubuntu 16.04 so I seized the opportunity and am pleased to report it works perfectly on this laptop with a few minor tweaks!
I’m pleased to report WiFi worked out of the box and that this system requires no additional proprietary drivers. I did have a small issue where the WiFi seemingly dropped out over a period of time, giving a “Resolving host…” issue in Google Chrome. This was easily fixed by disabling the power saving setting of the WiFi card:
echo “options rtl8723be fwlps=0” | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8723be.conf
As a habit, I also installed tlp to improve the battery life, and I’m getting approximately 9 hours of browsing time inside Google Chrome with 3 tabs open – not too shabby! Bluetooth was also enabled and functional after the default install and the keyboard function buttons operate as expected.
Interestingly I also had a small issue getting Google Chrome installed. The default Ubuntu Software installer (the replacement for Ubuntu Software Centre) did not seem to do anything upon clicking install on the file and dpkg reported unmet dependencies. Quick solution was to install gdebi and then use it to install the .deb:
sudo apt-get install gdebi
sudo gdebi google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
So if you have a HP Stream 11-d000na and are thinking about Ubuntu, I can report very positive result with Ubuntu 16.04 (64-bit). Power off to log in screen takes approx 20 seconds in my tests.