I want to install Ubuntu on my new Librem13, so I’ve done the following:
downloaded Etcher and a Ubuntu iso, on another machine (macbook);
used Etcher to flash the iso to a Sandisk 16g USB (which coincidentally wasn’t recognized by the macbook, the usb I mean); – Etcher reported a successful flash
turned off my Librem13, plugged in the drive, turned on the Librem, and pressed esc, which brought me to the boot menu
at this point, I see no option to select the USB with Ubuntu iso; the only options are:
Advanced options for PureOS GNU/Linux”
and then 4 “Memory test” options
As an aside, when booting into PureOS with the drive still attached, on a couple occasions, my trackpad didn’t work.
Also, I initially tried installing Etcher on my Librem, but it said no application could be found.
I’d just like to run Ubuntu on my Librem13 for now (I’ll play around with PureOS another time).
The BIOS on the Librem is 4.11-Purism-1, Revision 4.11 Firmware Revision: 0.0, and I downloaded Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
An answer’s not apparent to me from the post you linked, since I can’t choose the usb stick to boot from (the option doesn’t appear at boot menu). The USB device is recognized once PureOS has been booted into.
well, I’ve just implemented a partial means of gauging the likelihood that it’s an issue with the usb flash drive bootability: I’ve just tried with two additional USBs, and got the same result (no option displayed at boot menu except those listed above).
more precisely, I used Quarnero’s dd command above, to burn the same Ubuntu ISO as I had before, once on another Sandisk usb device, and lastly on a memorex usb device.
Could reinstalling PureOS possibly help, e.g. using the Librem Drive that shipped with the laptop? Otherwise, are there other avenues to troubleshoot along, other than trying to verify with absolute certainty that it’s not a problem with my usbs?
As an aside, before doing all this, I installed some Haskell-development-related dependencies (Haskell Platform, as well as some foreign c libraries), to try to get a library (Gpipe 2) running, and was getting segmentation faults upon execution (whatever that possibly indicates, and which contributed to my decision to swap to a more familiar OS).
wow, @CyborgPenguin thanks for your reply/taking the risk on something simple! – I got through to the boot menu, and am currently booting from Hard Disk
I’m not sure what went wrong before… I definitely pressed esc after power on, but maybe held it too long, or pressed it too late?.. anyway, I don’t expect further issues, but will post if/when my installation completes.
thank you, all!
edit: I’m booted up!
Swissbit U-56n sequential read is up to 190 MB/s. But others, cheaper ones like Apacer EH353 with Toshiba MLC might be snappy enough. For live environment I’d go in this direction, if it is about 4-8GB USB Flash Drives, but didn’t test any of those.
If your BIOS supports it then there should be a way of bringing up a “boot disk menu”.
Once you have selected the boot disk, BIOS will boot from that disk - and what gets booted is typically GRUB, and GRUB will present its own menu (if so configured).
All as you say.
One minor complication … the GRUB menu could give options for booting an OS from other disks.
That can get messy though if you are just testing / messing around / playing around. You don’t necessarily want boot options for another disk to be permanently recorded on the GRUB menu - and you don’t necessarily want the interdependencies between an OS installed on one disk and an OS installed on another disk.
Maybe re-read the first link in this topic.
However as that post is 2 years old, it is also possible that Purism has subtly altered the exact BIOS behavior in the meantime.
it does … i have observed this to be the case with most BIOS or UEFI (modern proprietary implementation)
if you are using a usb-thumb-drive or any other solid-state-drive LIKE storage-medium it will list it as both a UEFI option and as non UEFI … this is confusing because it they both work then list ONLY the one that is the MOST likely to give a succesful boot/install
if you’re on an UEFI platform it usually makes sense to boot in UEFI mode > esp > /boot/efi