Review of Linux Compatibility
The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a convertible laptop with detachable display. The Linux support for this device is currently very limited.
For installing linux a 32-bit UEFI bootloader is needed. The corresponding file must be named bootia32.efi in order for the firmware to recognize it.
If a Linux distribution should be booted which does not have bootloader and kernel which is digitally signed with Microsoft’s secure boot key the Secure Boot in the EFI needs to be disabled.
It is not possible to boot off the SD slot, however, one can boot off the keyboard dock’s USB port and the micro USB port of the tablet itself using a USB OTG adapter.
Currently the keyboard and WiFi don’t work under Linux.
A modified Ubuntu kernel 4.8.6 is available for the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 at https://github.com/AndyLavr/Aspire-SW5-012_Kernel_4.8. With this kernel the following hardware components are working:
- Keyboard’s Hotkeys
- Touchscreen (multitouch works)
- Screen rotation
- HDMI output
- Switch to External Screen (HDMI)
- Light sensor
- Micro SD reader (Read & Write)
- Battery status information is available
- Shutdown correctly works
- Reboot correctly works
- Screen power management works
What doesn’t work:
- Sreen backlight (always at full brightness)
- Built-in camera
More information regarding the usage of this Linux kernel under the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 can be found at https://github.com/AndyLavr/Aspire-SW5-012_Kernel_4.8/wiki.