Linux - the Other OS
Last – but definitely not least – let’s have a quick look at Linux on the Miix. TLDR: it just works. CAVEAT: I didn’t spend much time with it.
The test was done with a Ubuntu Linux 16.04 64-bit live “CD” on USB flash drive. There are several media-building tools available but I tend to hand-build mine from within a running Windows. A Ubuntu live flash drive built as below (or with other tools with appropriate options selected) will boot in UEFI + secure boot mode.
As described in In Recovery: launch DISKPART from a Windows elevated command prompt and list disk, select disk, clean, create partition primary, format fs=fat32 quick, assign. Don’t set it active. That can fool some BIOSen into booting it in legacy mode. And be darned sure to select the flash drive before doing the clean or you’ll wipe some other system drive!
From a fully shut down Windows (SHIFT + shutdown) plug the drive into an available USB socket, press VOLUME UP + POWER simultaneously to bring up the Novo menu, select Boot Menu, then the USB flash drive.