Switching from Windows 10 to Kubuntu

Published Saturday, April 9, 2016 · 268 words, 1 minute read.

I took my Lenovo Edge 2 and joined the master race by switching to Linux. Kubuntu 15 was the distro I chose because KDE looked friendly and Debian is easy to use. Here’s some documentation on how you can do the same to your machine.

Don’t use UNetbootin with UEFI

I recently installed Debian on an old XP Tower I had using UNetbootin. Knowing that Ubuntu is just a fork a Debian, I used UNetbootin to load Kubuntu to my 32gb Cruzer Glide SanDisk USB Flashdrive. Once I figured out that I needed to hold Fn to access the boot menu, I loaded up Kubuntu and… it booted straight to Windows 10. After pulling my hair out for a little bit, I decided to check the flashdrive. The first thing I noticed was an executable called wubi.exe. I ran it and up popped an error:

Wubi does not currently support EFI

What on earth is EFI? (U)EFI stands for the (Unified) Extensible Firmware Interface. It’s a firmware on most recent computers past 2010. It replaces the traditional BIOS firmware that’s on earlier machines. Wubi doesn’t support this (yet?). This and some other Windows black magic crap, like Secure Boot, makes booting Linux annoying, but not impossible.

Enter Rufus

Rufus is a utility that acts a lot like UNetbootin, yet it boasts being much faster and more advanced. Since version 1.3.2, Rufus supports UEFI! Simply download the ISO you want, and run Rufus.

Rufus Image

I booted into my newly created loader and Kubuntu came right up!