[arch-general] Installing Archlinux alongside Ubuntu on a Windows 8 UEFI laptop

Daniel Micay danielmicay at gmail.com
Thu May 1 17:27:43 EDT 2014

On 01/05/14 05:07 PM, Alan E. Davis wrote:
> This is insanity...   The first time I have encountered the much maligned
> Micro$oft UEFI / Secure Boot adventure.  On my new Thinkpad Yoga, with a
> Wacom active digitizer and pen.
> Ubuntu was a walk in the park.  I installed Ubuntu naively, alongside the
> new Windows 8.1 laptop.  It took maybe an hour to break my resolve to take
> my time.  It was a disconcerting experience.  I now have a system that
> boots Ubuntu 2014.04, through a convoluted process of signing into Windoze,
> then  backing out through advanced settings to boot from a Menu.   If I
> were trying to lock in my customer base, I couldn't have designed it any
> better, or made it any more uncomfortable, myself.  Ubuntu picks up the
> Wacom pen, and almost everything else.  But it's not Archlinux.
> I am a bit fearful, but decided that Archlinux, which I am using on two
> other machines, would potentially be the better choice.
> I have two more partitions, one of a /home and another for an Arch /boot,
> so I went ahead and walked through the most of the install, except for
> installing the boot manager.
> I am stuck now.  I don't want to compromise what I have already gained.
> Now I need to learn how to set up the system to boot any of the three OSs.
> I am puzzled by the variety of approaches I have seen; hence, I am reaching
> out here on the mailing list.
> I saw advice to use GRUB but install it in the boot PARTITION.  Not sure
> how to do this, and not sure whether it will work.
> Does this make sense to anyone?
> Alan

You shouldn't have a separate boot partition. Install gummiboot or
refind to the existing FAT32 ESP partition and mount that as your /boot.
It's *easier* than dealing with MBR/BIOS because you can do it entirely
via EFI/Boot/BOOTX64 rather than messing with EFI entries.

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