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HP Envy x360 15 2500u - One year later

A year passed since owning HP Envy x360 15 2500u now running mainly on Fedora Design Suite now on its 31 release. The Design Suite is based on Fedora Workstation running on Gnome Wayland by default.

The touchscreen works as intended and feel more responsive. Tweaking Firefox 70.0 However, due to a bug related to the GTK toolkit, using a stylus can cause crash on some applications. The fix is available and will be a matter of the time of an update . Sometimes, the touchscreen failed to work due to an issue related to ACPI only HP can address. The current workaround is to reboot the laptop.

The LED Mute button works as intended with the help of a veteran SuSE developer. The quality of audio is adequate with seemly minimal loss  for a laptop once over-amplification is applied via Tweak application.

At the time of writing, the majority of Ryzen APU powered laptop has yet to get the gyroscope function needed to auto-rotate the screen and other features like disabling keyboard on tablet mode.  AMD is working on a driver currently under review and the time of availability is to be announced soon.

 The facial recognition is sketchy with only a tool named howdy, a  Windows Hello™ style facial authentication for Linux,  configurable via text editor or terminal. At this time, no automated process to detect camera is available yet. The system is functional and need more work to get properly integrated.

As a laptop, the HP Envy x360 is excellent  choice for open source developers and users. For artists, graphic designers, the tablet mode is incomplete with the missing orientation sensor driver. Once that kink get ironed out, future blog will come.

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