[GLLUG] Experience installing Linux with EFI boot

Leo Francisco lists at boywithwings.co.uk
Thu Feb 4 15:23:31 UTC 2016

Hi Benjamin,

Not exactly the same case as you are posting about but on my Macbook Pro
(which has Apple's modified UEFI) I use rEFInd as the bootloader so I
can switch between Ubuntu and OSX. Grub also appears once you boot into
Ubuntu which is probably unnecessary.

rEFInd has never let me down yet but it sometimes disappears with a
kernel/grub update and has to be reinstalled via a terminal command.
Just a head's up. Don't know about secure boot however.

On 04/02/16 12:02, zylum at peacenews.info wrote:
> Hello,
>       I have become very used to installing GNU/Linux (usually Debian
> based) for visitors to our weekly Free Software clinic in Brighton.
> People have begun to come in with fancy new laptops, which usually
> have two boot options in the BIOS (is it bios or something else these
> days?)
> The two options are EFI boot or Legacy boot. Windows (probably Windows
> 10?) will only start-up if EFI is selected, but a Gnu/Linux live USB
> will only start-up if Legacy is selected. Assuming that most people
> want to dual boot their machine, until they get used to Free Software,
> I am a bit scared to start messing around re-partitioning things.
> I found this page, which looks very informative:
> http://www.rodsbooks.com/efi-bootloaders/index.html
> I thought I would try to draw on other people's practical experience
> as well doing the reading. Secure boot seems specifically conceived to
> make it harder to escape from the Micro$oft empire.
> Until now, mostly people have brought in old laptops which need giving
> a new lease of life, eg. because they are still running Win XP, and/or
> because Windows has become too bogged down with rubbish extensions and
> malware. Mostly if a computer has ground to a halt, people are
> grateful for whatever we can do, but with newer machines, people might
> be more choosy. This EFI thing is quite new to me.
> Any advice much appreciated.
> Benjamin.
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