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.

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:

  1. Click the menu button and choose Preferences.
  2. Select the Advanced panel.
  3. Select the Network tab.
  4. In the Connection section, click Settings…
  5. 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:

  1. Open up a text editor as ‘root’. You can enter the following command into your terminal to do this: $ sudo gedit
  2. Open the following file with your text editor: /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/70-synaptics.conf
  3. 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”

MatchDriver “synaptics”

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.