Notes on Installing Fedora 27 on the Lenovo Yoga 920

I try to stay as close to a stock Fedora experience as possible, with a few minor changes. The reason for this is so I will not have much setup to do if I get a new system or experience a catastrophic failure. I choose my tools and environment carefully and as a result a complete install as listed below usually takes me under an hour.  A video of this install guide is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73mfFSUtXJg

  1. Shrink the Windows NTFS partition while in Windows. I have a 512 GB SSD, I shrunk the NTFS partition down to 200 GB to give me 300GB for my Fedora setup.
  2. Create the bootable USB with the Fedora install. I use the Fedora USB installer tool in Fedora to create the drive. You can also download the USB Media Install tool by clicking the “Workstation” download link at fedoraproject.org. The tool will step you through the creation of bootable Fedora USB media.
  3. Turn off Intel Secure boot. This may have an impact on the installation of Fedora.
  4. Follow the steps to install Fedora as usual. The installer hasn’t really changed in the last five or so versions. Installing Fedora Linux: https://youtu.be/eTYOrIFABhU?t=4m22s
  5. Once the install is completed, you will need to create a blacklist file in /etc/modprobe.d with blacklist ideapad_laptop in order to get the WiFi card working. For a quick fix that doesn’t require a reboot, issue this command: sudo modprobe -r ideapad_laptop  This has been a problem with Yoga laptops for a while. The problem will be fixed with step 6.
  6. dnf update -y don’t skip this step or number 7. Fedora 27 is not stable from the stock iso image unless you do the updates.
  7. Reboot.
  8. hostnamectl set-hostname fedoraiscool Use this command to set your hostname to whatever you want. The command as used would set your host to fedoraiscool.
  9. dnf group install kde-desktop-environment My preference is KDE Plasma for the desktop. You can also just download the KDE spin of Fedora, but this is how I choose to do it. At times I will use the default Gnome 3.x desktop.
  10. Enable rpmfusion: sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm
  11. Install some software packages: sudo dnf install -y guvcview chromium rhythmbox kdenlive gimp tlp vlc VirtualBox audacity obs-studio handbrake  There are many more software packages to choose from, these are the ones I typically use in my daily workflow that are not already installed by default.
  12. Start the tlp battery saver service: sudo tlp start
  13. Enable tlp at startup: sudo systemctl enable tlp
  14. Disable Bitlocker so you can mount your Windows partition in Linux. Please note that my Yoga 920 was shipped with Bitlocker enabled on the C: drive. You may have to use Disk Management in Windows to turn off Bitlocker which can take a while.
  15. Mount your windows partition. Make a mount point for your windows partition: sudo mkdir /mnt/windows Then, sudo mount /dev/nvme0n1p3 /mnt/windows  It may vary as to which device it is. Use sudo fdisk -l to determine which partition you need to mount. Or lsblk or sudo fdisk -l | more to control output.
  16. Make GUI changes as desired. Some of the setting changes I make in KDE desktop are to set the mouse for two clicks (the default is one) change the minimize, maximize and close widgets, change the default screen lockout time, change power save settings, and change the desktop image.
  17. Optionally, install Steam if you would like access to your Linux based Steam games while in Fedora. In the CLI, simply type sudo install steam

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