These are just my notes and settings for getting everything running nice on the Surface Go tablet.
As of this writing, I was using Ubuntu 18.10.
Generally, you need to:
Once booted up for the first time, everything in the UI is huge and difficult to use. Open up the
Displays config panel and change the scaling to 100%.
Once that is done, fonts are a bit hard to read. To increase font sizes, you can go to
Universal Access and enable
Alternatively, you can run the following to set a specific font scaling factor:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface text-scaling-factor 1.4
This worked for me on the Surface Go 128gb and Ubuntu Linux 18.10. File paths will vary from version to version, so you may need to make some tweaks.
fix_wifi.sh and reboot.
If it doesn't work or you get errors running the script, open the
fix_wifi.sh script and type the commands manually. Sometimes file paths change slightly and you can TAB your way through it.
After running updates on the system, the wifi firmware might get replaced, breaking your wifi. Just run the script again to fix it.
I noticed that in certain light conditions, the display on my tablet would shift brightness lighter/darker and it was distracting. Disabling
Auto Brightness in the
Power config panel fixed this. I'll just control the brightness manually.
To enable disk-based hibernation:
cat /etc/fstaband note the UUID of your swap partition.
sudo vim /etc/default/gruband find the setting
UUID=, followed by the UUID of your swap partition.
Test that hibernation works by running
sudo systemctl hibernate. Wait a minute, then power on your tablet again and ensure that your previously open windows are restored.
The system should enter suspend state after a short period of inactivity, which saves some battery, but I wanted the system to hibernate after a longer period of inactivity. Below steps accomplish that:
Add the following line to
suspend-to-hibernate.service file in this repo to
Enable the service:
sudo systemctl enable suspend-to-hibernate