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Hp Stream, becomming secure boot Ubuntu'ized

Discussion in 'Laptops / Netbooks' started by johnwiitala, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. johnwiitala

    johnwiitala Guest

    I just received this laptop for x-mas. I feel unbuntu would make this scream, having 4gb ram, a dual Celeron processor. Dual boot is not an option with 32gb internal flash drive. Could someone please point me in the direction of a how to, or instruct me how to make this secure boot once I have the Ubuntu lts on a bootable flash drive please?

  2. atanere

    atanere Guest

    I'm sure Ubuntu will work well for you, as would many other modern Linux distros. But before you begin, I would suggest that you make a "HP Recovery Set" (DVD or USB) of your Windows 10 so you could return to it later if you want. There is usually a program built in that will make the Recovery set for you. This process can awhile, even on USB. I just made a Recovery for my wife and it took about 2 hours.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "secure boot." Do you mean that you want the UEFI Secure Boot feature to remain working? Ubuntu may install with Secure Boot enabled... some distros can. But some will need Secure Boot disabled in UEFI settings or they won't work. So just leave it enabled if it works, or disable it if it doesn't. Also in UEFI settings, you will probably need to disable Fast Boot, if you see that in there.

    If you just mean you want Ubuntu to be secure once you have it installed, be assured it will be. It will be much more secure than Windows, in my opinion. You might check that your firewall (ufw usually) is enabled.

    If you are able to boot on the Ubuntu USB okay, then it will probably install okay and boot from your laptop. But you may run into some issues to work out. For example, I'm not sure how Ubuntu will see the internal flash drive versus a regular hard drive. In the install process you will have to identify that, and tell it to put the GRUB bootloader on it. This may work automatically, or you may have to manually set up partitions... including an EFI partition to put the bootloader into. If you don't get it right the first time, try again a little differently and you'll probably get it.

    Good luck!
  3. johnwiitala

    johnwiitala Guest

    Thank you, it's been three years since I created a sub install or used a pc for that matter. You put me back on course.
  4. atanere

    atanere Guest

    Okay, well, enjoy the learning (or re-learning) process back into this stuff. I think it's lots of fun to experiment with different Linux systems, but there can be frustrating times too. Lots of folks here are willing to help if you need it.

  5. Caloxeno

    Caloxeno Guest

    I have an HP Stream 7 Tablet, and I also want to put Linux on it, but I will make a new thread asking how to do it instead of asking here :)

    The difference between yours and mine is that mine only has 10 Gb storage (I think), so I dont think I have any chances of installing another OS

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