About setting up a dual boot Linux Mint / Windows 10 on a fresh Asus UX303LB
Choice of Linux distribution
I wanted an easy to install and to configure Linux distribution, for a developping purpose as well as for every day needs (game, media, music, browsing…)
Works great, but Unity is not my favorite desktop interface. Moreover Unity happened to bug too often while gaming on native as well as on Wine games
Sounds better and gnome 3 is great! But it needs more configuration to have steam, mp3, proprietary drivers, …
KDE is efficient, and OpenSuse has a good user documentation. Open Suse is a good choice.
It comes with the diversity of ubuntu applications and support, but with a stable gaming desktop. That was my final choice
They are so many other distributions than may be better, but well…
Issues with installation
Windows 10 had trouble to install itself, with errors messages about GPT file system required. But it is unable to solve the issue itself.
Reading an article on the subject helps a lot to understand the situation: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table
A linux started from a live USB can help windows:
1) Create a linux live USB
You can use lili, which works well : http://www.linuxliveusb.com/fr/home
2) Reformat the drive with gdisk
This post contains a great answer that helps me a lot:
You’ll have to enter into the terminal
And follow the guide:
d to delete the partition
n to create a new partition, and then select the GPT system.
h to get a list of the available commands
Execute access with NTFS
After installing Windows and Linux, the last one cannot access my Windows files with execute rights.
This is a common and solvable problem:
sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g
And add this line to the fstab file
UUID=YOUR_DISK_UUID /media/data ntfs-3g rw,user,auto,exec,gid=100,uid=1000,nls=utf8,umask=002 0 0
This Asus comes with a high definition (3200*1800) screen which is not handled correctly by a lot of apps. But with a little configuration, it is easy to tell them how to behave.
Search for “general” in the main menu to set the dpi settings to Double and then restart. The desktop will now be usable.
Follow this complete guide: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/HiDPI
Chrome is for the time being the web browser that behave the best with a multitouch HiDpi screen.
Mint’s Chromium fails with HiDpi while firefox and opera cannot take advantage of the touchscreen
Some applications that tweaks your system:
Because having a terminal entry in the File browser is great:
Brackets is a good simple web editor, with a specific extension: