I have an HP 7 tablet, it has pretty modest specs:
- 32-bit Atom CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 32GB eMMC storage
- Expandable storage with MicroSD cards
- 1 microUSB port
- 1 aux jack
It was originally running Windows 8, but Windows on hardware like this is not good. But installing Linux is harder. These are the steps you have to take.
- Have a USB OTG cable
- Find a 32-bit UEFI distro
- Make a bootable USB by having a single FAT32 partition, moving the files from the ISO onto the USB, having a specific bootia32.efi file from Fedora in the EFI/BOOT directory, and (in the case of Ubuntu) copying a pre-existing grub.cfg to said folder with an edit saying to automatically boot into the first option after 10 seconds
- See if the Onboard onscreen keyboard is installed
- If not (it usually never is), try a different distro
I was at one point somehow able to get Ubuntu MATE 18.04 installed, where I installed other desktops on top of it to see how they ran, but I accidentally broke the setup and I don’t know if I want to go through all that hassle again. For reference, I have tried Unity, Plasma, Gnome, & Mate and so far Plasma has acted the best, but it’s an older version, like Plasma 14 or something. I think Plasma 5.18 would work fairly well on this device, but I don’t know if they’ll be releasing it for 18.04.
I have tried other distros such as openSUSE Tumbleweed, MX Linux, and Android x86, but the two I seem to have the most success with are Debian and Ubuntu.
If anyone has any ideas, I’ll all ears.