[SOLVED] Why does boot menu state ubuntu instead of Mint?

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hehemrin
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[SOLVED] Why does boot menu state ubuntu instead of Mint?

Post by hehemrin » Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:23 pm

My Boot menu states "ubuntu" instead of Mint. It was the case both when I installed Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon, and later when I changed installation and switched to Linux Mint 19.2 Xfce.

Not any important question, more out of curiosity. I will most likely not install Ubuntu on same machine, which possibly could cause an issue, I don't know.

Anyway, is it same for others? Or does it state Mint for you?

Reference: UEFI, on a Lenovo Ideapad 100s-14IBR.
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Re: Why does boot menu state ubuntu instead of Mint?

Post by athi » Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:50 pm

My boot menu for both GRUB and UEFI also shows Ubuntu, due to Mint being based on Ubntu.
Mint Mate 19.1. Main rig is HP 800G2 I5 6500 16GB ram, 120GB boot drive, 2x3TB, 1x4TB data drives. Oldest rig is Mate 18.3 on Dell D620 with 32bits core duo.

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Re: Why does boot menu state ubuntu instead of Mint?

Post by gm10 » Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:31 pm

athi wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:50 pm
My boot menu for both GRUB and UEFI also shows Ubuntu, due to Mint being based on Ubntu.
Actually Mint specifically sets it to "ubuntu" as far as the UEFI is concerned to work around some Ubuntu packages that except it to be like that. The GRUB menu should show the proper distribution name though.
Tune up your LM 19.x: ppa:gm10/linuxmint-tools

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Re: Why does boot menu state ubuntu instead of Mint?

Post by fabien85 » Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:44 am

Mint uses ubuntu's repositories and ubuntu's grub. On the EFI partition, grub is installed at /EFI/ubuntu/grubx64.efi.
(as a side note, this can create conflicts for people trying to dual-boot any two Ubuntu-based distribution, including Mint)
One of the potential reasons for this is that Ubuntu's grub is signed by Canonical and can boot on systems with Secure Boot. If the Mint team wanted to do that, they would have to go through different hassles and pay some money to Microsoft.

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Re: Why does boot menu state ubuntu instead of Mint?

Post by hehemrin » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:43 am

Thanks for explanations and "warnings" if also installing Ubuntu or any Ubuntu-based distribution as dual boot.

Regarding Secure boot, I have needed to disable to have Mint to boot up.

I consider my question as solved. Thanks.

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