Ubuntu MATE for UMPCs

The Ubuntu MATE team offers a bespoke images for the GPD Pocket, GPD Pocket 2, GPD WIN 2, GPD MicroPC and Topjoy Falcon that include the hardware specific tweaks to get these devices working “out of the box” without any faffing about. Some models of the OneMix Yoga devices are also supported.

Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPC) have had something of a resurgence in recent years thanks to very successfull crowd funding campaigns for netbook style laptops featuring a high resolution touch displays housed in an aluminium alloy body. These scripts for UMPC devices are based on the excellent work by Hans de Goede, nexus511, stockmind and many others.


Ubuntu MATE running on the GPD Pocket (left) and GPD Pocket 2 (right)


What works

The Ubuntu MATE images for the UMPCs add the following tweaks:

  • Enable frame buffer and Xorg display rotation.
    • Supports modesetting and xorg-video-intel display drivers.
  • Enable TearFree rendering by default.
  • Enable touch screen rotation for Xorg and Wayland.
  • Enable scroll whell emulation for Xorg.
    • While holding down the right track point button on the Pocket, Pocket 2 & Topjoy Falcon.
    • While holding down the centre track point button on the MicroPC.
  • Enable double size console (tty) font resolution.
  • Enable resolution scaling for 1920x1200 displays. (MATE Desktop only)
    • Results in an effective resolution of 1280x800 to make the small display panels easily readable.
    • Simple to disable if you want to restore full resolution.
  • GRUB is usable post-install.
    • GPD Pocket, WIN 2, MicroPC & TopJoy Falcon GRUB is rotated 90 degress, but functional.
    • GPD Pocket 2 GRUB is correctly rotated and functional.
  • GPD Pocket BRMC4356 WiFi firmware enabled by default.
  • GPD Pocket fan control kernel module enable by default.

Known Issues

GPD Pocket, WIN 2, MicroPC and Topjoy Falcon

  • The GRUB2 menu is rotated 90 degress on the GPD Pocket, MicroPC and Topjoy Falcon.
    • The workaround is to tilt your head.
  • The built in speaker in the GPD Pocket is mono and doesn’t play audio from the right channel.
    • The workaround is to use headphones connected the 3.5mm audio jack.

GPD Pocket 2

  • The boot menu is not displayed in the GPD Pocket 2 live media.
    • The workaround is to wait and the system will boot after a few seconds or press Enter to boot immeditately.
    • However, GRUB is fully functional and usable post-install.

GPD Pocket, Pocket 2 & MicroPC, Topjoy Falcon

  • The Plymouth splash screen is not rotated.
    • The workaround is to not care.

Download

Run Ubuntu MATE on your GPD Pocket, GPD Pocket 2, GPD WIN 2, GPD MicroPC or Topjoy Falcon today!

Download Ubuntu MATE

Disable desktop session scaling

If you want to restore the full native resolution of display then open Startup Applications from the Control Center. Find the entry called GPD Pocket Display Scaler in the Startup Programs tab and untick it. Log out and back in and the full 1920x1200 resolution is restored.


Disable the UMPC Pocket Display Scaler via Startup Applications Preferences


How were these images created?

With a script called umpc-ubuntu-respin.sh which you can find in the following GitHub repository:

Accessing UMPC boot menus

GPD Pocket, GPD MicroPC, OneMix Yoga 2

Switch the devcice on, immediately hold the Fn key and tap the F7 key until the Boot Manager screen appears.

GPD Pocket 2 & Topjoy Falcon

Switch the device on, immediately hold the Fn key and tap the F12 key until the Boot Manager screen appears.

Accessing UMPC BIOS menus

Topjoy Falcon

Switch the device on, immediately hold the Fn key and tap the F2 key until the BIOS appears.

Feedback

These images for the GPD and Topjoy devices are community supported, please post all feedback via the community forum.