Review of Linux Compatibility
The Asus S56CM ultrabook is available in different versions, i.e., with the following processors: Intel Core i7 3517U, i5 3317U, and i3 3217U. The display is a 15.6 inch 16:9 display, has a resolution of hat 1.366 x 768 dpi, and has a LED backlight. The ultrabook can be equipped with up to 8GB RAM and different harddisks (320GB up to 1TB, 5400 rpm). Furthermore, a 24GB SSD can be added. It has a optical drive and a NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M graphic chipset, Gigabit Ethernet, and WiFi.
The ultrabook is fully supported by Linux and is compatible with several distributions, e.g. Linuxmint 14 or Ubuntu 12.10. Before installing Linux the options “quick/fast boot” and “Secure boot” have to be deactivated in the Bios to boot from DVD or USB memory stick.
It is recommended not to delete the “EFI Partition”, because it only needs 300 MB and allows re-installation of Windows 8 at any later time. If the model is equipped with an SSD the Linux root directory can be installed on the 24GB SSD for improved speed while the home directories (i.e., /home) will be placed on the internal harddisk.
If hte display has problem to set the correct resolution an updated to Linux kernel 3.7.4 can help. After the kernel upgrade the file /etc/defaul/grub has to be adepted and the option
has to be changed to
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_osi="
The new configuration gets activated by the command
Furthermore it is possible to use the ultrabook with the bulmblebee Nvidia drivers to activate the Optimus technique under Linux. This technique allows to conserve energy by switching to the low-power onboard chipset if lower graphic performance is sufficient.