Surface Pro 3 and Ubuntu 15.04 with working kernel
Jun 22, 2015
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surfacelinux

Having Ubuntu 15.04 running on a Surface Pro 3 is pretty awesome. However, for it to work you need to compile your own patched kernel. That being said, I did the annoying work for you and have a provided a link to a patched kernel below.

What works

  • battery
  • power button
  • volume buttons
  • front/rear cam
  • all known type covers

What’s broke

  • multitouch/gestures
  • finnicky touch screen
  • finnicky pen

Here is the link to the kernel files for download:

SurfacePro3-Ubuntu15.04-3.19.0-23-kernel

To install just extract the tarball and run:

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers* linux-image*

If you want to build your own kernel you can follow a great guide here:

https://github.com/neoreeps/surface-pro-3

One thing to note is that you will also want to use a patch I created to make sure your keyboard works:

Type Cover 3 Patch

The reason is that there are 5 different Type Covers with different hard-coded product ids. The current 15.04 kernel only supports 1 out of the 5 known type covers. This patch will make sure that your type cover will work no matter what region or model.

Good luck and let me know if you have questions.


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