Linux
Linux for Surface RT

The 2 ways of booting

Each way of booting has it's own advantages and disadvantages. EFI is easy to boot but has bad performance and power effiency. APX needs more special hardware to boot but performs much better.

EFI Boot

EFI booting is the easier way of booting Linux.

Characteristics

  • No L2 Cache, no cpuidle (bad performance)
  • No power related features (no PMIC regulators)

Requirements

APX Boot

APX booting needs some special hardware.

Characteristics

  • No Wi-Fi
  • Dynamic Voltage Frequency Scaling (best performance)

Requirements

  • USB A-to-A cable (straight: D+ -> D+, D- -> D-)
  • µSD Card
  • Linux PC (x86)

Features

What's Missing?

  • Hardware Acceleration (3D)
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera
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