Ubuntu 21.04 support for the Framework Laptop is mostly functional, except for the fingerprint reader due to an older version of libfprint. Note that we don’t recommend using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, as there is missing support for WiFi out of the box.
- If you’re setting up a Framework Laptop DIY Edition for the first time, follow that Quick Start Guide first to set up the hardware.
- Download Ubuntu or your favorite Ubuntu flavor.
- Create a bootable USB drive on another computer.
a. On Ubuntu
b. On Windows
c. On macOS
- Plug the drive into your Framework Laptop, and power it on while tapping F12 to access the one time boot menu. Note some users have an issue where they cannot enter the 1 time boot menu after previously booting the machine. The fix is to power off the laptop, unplug AC, wait 35 seconds, and then power on again. We’ll be resolving this in a firmware update.
- Select your USB drive from the list with the arrow keys and hit enter to boot the installer.
- You can then follow the official Ubuntu installation instructions.
- Don’t forget to thank the Ubuntu team for their amazing work!
Install the latest WiFi driver
$ tar xf iwlwifi-ty-59.601f3a66.0.tgz
Copy the driver into place:
$ sudo cp -b iwlwifi-ty-59.601f3a66.0/iwlwifi-ty-a0-gf-a0-59.ucode /lib/firmware/
- While WiFi and Bluetooth should be functional, if you see any issues, check Using the AX210 with Linux on the Framework Laptop as 21.04 is running 5.11 out of the box.
- Deep sleep is not enabled by default. To enable, follow the instructions in this post below.
- It’s possible to get the fingerprint reader working following the instructions here.
- To make the 3.5mm TRRS connector support a headset with a mic, edit
/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.confto add this line at the end:
options snd-hda-intel model=dell-headset-multi