I installed Linux Mint 19.1 on my Windows tablet! (Asus T100TA)

If you’re new to my blog, just over 3 months ago I ditched Windows 10 for Linux Mint. Feel free to check out how I got on after 3 months…

Please note!

I am not responsible for any damage caused by following this. Just because it worked for me doesn’t mean that it will work for you!

So to sum up, I put my desktop and laptop on a dual boot setup, to begin with. Today I can confirm that I only have Linux Mint installed on my desktop. My laptop needs to have both as I use the Windows partition for certain tasks at University, mostly lab work.

As it happens, I have an Asus T100TA Windows tablet which I acquired for travel. It originally had Windows 8 but I upgraded to Windows 10. Unfortunately, as you might expect the tablet was performing badly on Windows 10. I therefore, decided that Linux Mint was the way forward.

Unlike my Desktop and Laptop computers, I decided to use the Xfce version as I wanted a lightweight install due to the low specs of the tablet.

Did I face any issues?

YES! Installing Linux Mint on a tablet wasn’t as simple as you might expect. In fact, it’s totally different and I needed to change a couple of things for it to go smoothly.

I found these sources extremely helpful…

Installing Linux Mint turned out to be more than I bargained for and due to the workload I had little time to play around but I got there eventually and the result is rewarding.

Issues I haven’t solved yet

I am still facing an issue with no sound. If you have any ideas feel free to let me know in the comments!

Has performance improved?

Yes, it’s improved significantly and I can actually use the tablet for basic tasks that prove difficult on an iPad. Were mainly talking about coding. I know that there are many apps out there to help me with this. But personally, I prefer to have a full desktop environment for these tasks.

Do I recommend doing it?

NO! The reason for this is simple, My Asus tablet is old and was actually heading for the recycling centre. I was actually looking for an old Netbook on eBay to replace it. Linux is ideal for older devices and from my experience, old Windows XP netbooks never gave me any issues when installing Linux, hence the reason I was planning to get a new old one.

There is so much that could go wrong and you can easily brick your device!

I did this as an experiment to see how far I will get.

Video showing Linux Mint working