The $478 MacBook Air Clone from Xiaomi
This is a cross-post from my YouTube video blog, but I thought to share it here on my site as well.
Here are some notes that you’ll need should you decide to pickup a Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air and wish to install Ubuntu Linux on it…
Bug Fixes for Running Ubuntu 17.04 on Your Mi Notebook Air:
**Firefox: Server Not Found***
Follow the following steps to get firefox to work on your Mi Notebook Air running Ubuntu 17.04:
- Click the menu button and choose Preferences.
- Select the Advanced panel.
- Select the Network tab.
- In the Connection section, click Settings…
- Change your proxy settings: If you don’t connect to the Internet through a proxy (or don’t know whether you connect through a proxy), select Auto-detect proxy settings for this network
**Track Pad Issues***
After installing Ubuntu 17.04 in your Mi Notebook Air you’ll likely have some issues at first with your track pad. For example, I was not able to ‘right-click’ anything, or ‘left-click’ and drag windows. Follow the following steps get your track pad working properly:
- Open up a text editor as ‘root’. You can enter the following command into your terminal to do this: $ sudo gedit
- Open the following file with your text editor: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/70-synaptics.conf
- Add these two lines to the file 70-synaptics.conf:
- Option “ClickPad” “true”
- Option “EmulateMidButtonTime” “0”
4. For reference, check the code below to see where the lines above in step 3 need to go:
Identifier “Default clickpad buttons”
Option “ClickPad” “true”
Option “EmulateMidButtonTime” “0”
Option “SoftButtonAreas” “50% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0”
Option “SecondarySoftButtonAreas” “58% 0 0 15% 42% 58% 0 15%”
5. Make sure to save the edits you’ve made to your configuration file, and then simply reboot your computer and the track pad should start working properly.
UPDATE: When I upgraded my Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air to Ubuntu 17.10, the trackpad started acting up again, but this time the bug fix listed above did not work to solve the problem. I ended up ditching Ubuntu and installed Linux Mint 18.3 (Cinnamon) which works without needing any bug fixes. However, the trackpad behavior seems to be a little bit different than what I am used to, but it’s not broken or anything. So if you happen to be reading this, I would suggest going with Linux Mint 18.3 over Ubuntu 17.x as Mint just works and doesn’t require any bug fixes on the Mi Notebook Air.