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On a Dual boot (Grub default) Win10- Ubuntu18.4 system on a Dell Inspiron 15 3567

I want to install Peppermint9 as a 3rd system- will it figure out how to add itself to the Ubuntu GRUB, overwrite GRUB with it's own and all 3 systems, destroy it so nothing boots, or how do I do that myself?

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  • Do not know Peppermint. Some use /EFI/ubuntu even if not Ubuntu. It really should use /EFI/peppermint as UEFI folder. If it uses /EFI/ubuntu you need to backup ESP. But real issue is the entry in /EFI/ubuntu/grub.cfg.
    – oldfred
    Apr 13, 2019 at 23:08
  • Thanks Fred: Peppermint is essentially blazingly fast light LXDE netbook version of Ubuntu 18, uses same repositories. Peppermintos.com Backup Extra Sensory Perception? Thanks- will ask the Peppermint boys, maybe have to waylay Grub installation and manually edit Ubuntu GRUB, or just make it search for systems again.
    – mako34
    Apr 13, 2019 at 23:25
  • I have multiple installs of Ubuntu and now just edit the /EFI/ubuntu/grub.cfg back to main working install's UUID & partition . Example here: askubuntu.com/questions/738132/… & askubuntu.com/questions/957914/…
    – oldfred
    Apr 14, 2019 at 3:01

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You should just add the third partition like you did with the second os. This guide should apply. Just replace Mint with Peppermint!

Just install normally. You can boot from your USB and follow the steps of the installer. You can either create a partition manually before installing or use the tools provided by the Mint installer to partition during the installation process.

The only thing you really have to worry about is when the installer asks you whether to install a boot loader (GRUB). Then, you have 2 choices. Since you already have a GRUB installed by Ubuntu, you can either choose to not install a new one from mint and use Ubuntu's or you can install Mint's and overwrite Ubuntu's.

Use the existing GRUB.

When the installer asks you whether to install a boot loader, say no. Once the installation has finished, reboot and load Ubuntu (Mint will not appear in the list of available OSs). From Ubuntu, refresh GRUB so it will detect your new Mint installation:

sudo update-grub

Use Mint's GRUB.

When the installer asks you whether to install a boot loader, say yes. Make sure you install it in the same location where your Ubuntu's GRUB was installed. This will probably be the master boot record (MBR) of your primary hard drive. Reboot and you should now have Mint's GRUB installed and will be able to choose Mint, Ubuntu or Windows.

https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/155406

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  • Thanks Dudeamax. That seems pretty painless.
    – mako34
    Apr 13, 2019 at 23:31
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Ubuntu found the aborted Pep installation (bad disk) on an update and added it, but Peppermint overwrote it with it's own more primitive bootloader, which found all OS's.

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