Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro running Fedora 34 (with WiFi)

I’ve been on the hunt for a $1000 Linux UltraBook for personal use. I finally decided on a Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro, with a Ryzen 7 5800 CPU and 16 GB RAM. I’ll leave the in-depth hardware review for others, but I’ll offer a nano-review: I’m happy with both build quality and specs. Best value for money I’ve seen in a while!

I’m less happy about the Realtek 8852 WiFi module not having built-in support in the 5.13 Linux kernel. Everything else worked out of the box with a fresh installation of Fedora 34 (my distro of choice).

Drivers for the Realtek 8852 module can be downloaded here, but the included Makefile doesn’t work with Fedora if you’re using secure boot. I’ll provide some quick notes below on how to install the drivers on Fedora 34.

You’ll still need to install a few packages, and get code on your computer. Try using your phone as a USB tethered modem. If you need to purchase additional hardware (USB network interface), consider just replacing the WiFi module at probably the same cost.

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