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Installing Linux On Asus Transformer T100 T100TA T100TAF

So we need a minlaptop, a tablet, a smartphone that runs Linux so we do not have to put up with Windows virus, its weird UI decisions and the constant dumb popup messages. Apple has a much better track record for staying quiet and being stable but they are not open source and leak such darkness that the deep state is surely their owner. Big iron uses Unix, so we want Unix as well, well Linux more so.

UBport has an smartphone OS what was scheduled for a firefox phone that works on Nexus 5 and we have a script to fast track Linux on the Asus Transformer tablets. Ultrabooks have the small form factor that are compaitble with Linux but your best bet to get Linux on a truly portable, fanless, mini pc is the T100TA, the variants such as the T100TAF have hardware issues. Today we are attempting to install Lubuntu on T100TAF.

We are going for fast distribution because we are doing general duties such as surfing the popular sites and office. We should not use a resource heavy distro because of our modest hardware.

Some other guides….
There was also a project with a name that was basically out of the box install which has since been lost.

1) Downloand Lubuntu 64 bit version

The distro is Lubuntu,…

Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system with a clean and easy-to-use user interface. It is a Linux system, that uses the minimal desktop LXDE/LXQT, and a selection of light applications. Because of this, Lubuntu has very low hardware requirements.

Get the 64bit version, at the time of writing the latest version was 19.04

Find that version to avoid failure by changes that might compromise the instructions.

2) We need to create the USB boot disk, for this we need balena-etcher-electron, the homepage gives repos instructions for installing using package managers.

At the time the version to use was balena-etcher-electron_1.5.57_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i balena-etcher-electron_1.5.57_i386.deb

we get depends errors, so we type…

sudo apt --fix-broken install

3) Isorespin

The script modifies the .iso so that Linux will work pout of the box when installed on T100x

Download it:

add these programs so that Isorespin can complete successfully copy and paste each in terminal:

sudo apt -y install p7zip-full bc curl klibc-utils iproute2 genisoimage dosfstools 
sudo apt -y install squashfs-tools rsync unzip wget findutils xorriso
sudo apt install zenity

chmod 755
./  (if you need run isorepin with sudo then you will need to run balena-etcher -electron as sudo as well otherwise non sudo balena will haave no permission on the isorespin generated file)

check the two top options, ISO and Add frequently used options…

click continue

choose the iso to modify

choose radio box for … Intel Atom (Bay Trail…


4. Create the USB Stick

Preferred to apt install balena-etcher-electron and can click on the menu item to launch and successfully modified the iso.

Launch Balena Etcher Electon and choose the modified iso. The new file generated is renamed with a prefix to linuxium-atom-…iso choose the modified file.

Insert your usb stick and choose it from the list.

Click Flash.

Make sure your usb stick is gparted to ext4 filesystem. Use gparted to delete the partitions and set it up clean with an ext4 partition.

Unmount the usb stick and plug it into the destination Asus Tablet.

5. Install Lubuntu Onto Destination Asus Transformer

Hit the power button

Hit esc repeatingly to get the boot menu

Enter setup - Security - Secure boot menu and make secure boot control disabled.

Save and exit and Save changed and exit, yes

hit esc reapeatingly to enter boot menu and choose the usb stick

Start Lubuntu

Install Lubuntu (as per Lubuntu installation procedure)

installing_linux_asus_transformer_t100_t100taf.txt · Last modified: 2020/02/17 13:40 (external edit)