I ordered an Asus X205TA because it's known to have good support for Ubuntu. Someone made an ISO and lists the instructions, including some patches for basic functionality:
I know Elementary is based on Ununtu. I assume I should install Ubuntu with the ISO / patches then install Elementary. If that's right, what's the best way to do this so whatever patches from the original install remain in place? If that's wrong what should I do differently?
I don't care about audio (apparently an issue that needed patching with Ubuntu). Wi-Fi and suspend (or hibernate) are my main requirements. Support for one of the two sleep modes is absolutely critical. It's useless otherwise.
Beyond that, this machine will be a glorified typewriter. With that in mind I want to set it up, back the drive up, and easily restore it on the same or a different machine (if mine gets flaky or is stolen.) I don't want to have to maintain it, it's a writing appliance that should just work.
I don't want Windows so dual boot or anything remotely in support of Windows is totally unnecessary.
I'm a pretty hardcore nerd but haven't used Linux for much of anything. I can hold my own in macOS terminal for basic things but just pretend (and deride me for being) a n00b. I can take it. :)
Any help is very much appreciated!