New To Linux user. Secure Boot?

Using Rufus installed Ubuntu successfully.
Now wanted to try Linux Mint again, Again via Rufus USB would not boot.

Question 1 does Mint require Secure Boot to be Disabled ?
Question 2 If Mint now loads does Secure Boot have be set back to Enabled ?

Hi Graham, welcome to the Forums!

Interesting, from what I read the Ubuntu binaries (kernel) seem to be signed by Canonical which in turn are trusted by the M$ keyring, so my expectation is that Ubuntu should work with secure boot.

afaik Mint is an Ubuntu derivative, so if it uses Ubuntu binaries then maybe it should work, but if it compiles it’s own kernel, probably not.

Easy answer is to disable secure boot anyway and leave it disabled. I’m sure there are some very good reasons why some people would want to use the secure boot facility, but from my perspective it was a hardware feature introduced at the behest of certain Operating System vendors to make it more difficult for end users to run “other” Operating Systems (!)

If you don’t want to rewrite your USB key each time and would rather keep something that you know works because you’ve used it before, take a look at this - get all your distro’s on one stick, then have the stick update itself when new distro’s come out …


madpenguin. Your reply appreciated. Linux Mint now installed and running.
I’m a retired 87 with a disability Cerebellar Ataxia which has effected use of my legs.
Wife’s Laptop 6 years old hardware not compatible with Win11 so I have installed a Linux variation. Ubuntu works well so now trying Linux Mint.
Boot time is longer than I was expecting but a my age time is all I have !!!.
Possible some Linux are faster than others ?

Graham in Lincoln UK

Hi Graham, well yes, however it depends on how you measure “fast” :slight_smile:

Different desktop systems do different amounts of work to accomplish the same tasks. So for example you’ll get your food faster from a burger van than pizza hut. Both food, but they will look different.

So, in order of speed, slow to fast;

  • Gnome (Ubuntu)

Many major distros do different “spins”, so the same fundamental distro, just based around a different desktop environment.

On Windows, Windows is THE desktop environment. On Linux, the desktop environment is a separate application, of which there are many different implementations. (probably a dozen mainstream).

Just be aware, speed often means " streamlined" features. I don’t think many of the alternatives can match Gnome’s accessibility features for example.